Bay Area Rapid Transit District
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The Bay Area Rapid Transit District is a special-purpose district body that governs the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in the California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco. The system itself also serves northern San Mateo County and is being extended to Santa Clara County but these counties have bought into the system and have no voting stake nor representatives in the district proper.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit District (occasionally abbreviated in early years to BARTD) was created in 1957 to provide a transit alternative between suburbs in the East Bay and job centers in San Francisco's Financial District as well as (to a lesser extent) those in Downtown Oakland and Downtown Berkeley.
The district originally included San Mateo and Marin Counties. San Mateo opted out, preferring to utilize funds to build their freeway system. Fearing they would be unable to absorb their share of operating costs and after concerns were raised about the feasibility of running trains across the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin also left the district before construction of the initial system.
BARTD is split into nine districts, each of which elects one board member. One board member acts as president. Board members appoint five officers: General Manager, Controller-Treasurer, Independent Police Auditor, General Counsel, and District Secretary.
Current board members include:
|1||Debora Allen||Contra Costa||Concord, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre, Walnut Creek|
|2||Joel Keller||Contra Costa||North Concord/Martinez, Pittsburg/Bay Point|
|3||Rebecca Saltzman (President)||Alameda / Contra Costa||Bay Fair, Downtown Berkeley, El Cerrito del Norte (partial), El Cerrito Plaza (partial), North Berkeley, Orinda, Rockridge, San Leandro|
|4||Robert Raburn||Alameda||Coliseum/Oakland Airport, Fruitvale, Lake Merritt, 12th Street/Oakland City Center, 19th Street/Oakland, MacArthur (partial)|
|5||John McPartland||Alameda||Castro Valley, Dublin/Pleasanton, Hayward, West Dublin/Pleasanton|
|6||Thomas Blalock||Alameda||Fremont, South Hayward, Union City|
|7||Lateefah Simon||Alameda / Conta Costa / San Francisco||Ashby, El Cerrito del Norte (partial), El Cerrito Plaza (partial), MacArthur (partial), Montgomery (partial), Richmond, West Oakland, Embarcadero (partial)|
|8||Nick Josefowitz||San Francisco||Balboa Park (partial), Embarcadero (partial), Montgomery (partial)|
|9||Bevan Dufty||San Francisco||16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission, Glen Park, Civic Center, Powell Street, Balboa Park (partial)|
Former board members include:
- "San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District". CalTransit.org. California Transit Association. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- Hoffmeister, Laura (29 November 2016). "ViewPoints by Laura Hoffmeister: Welcome, thanks for city council service". East Bay Times. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
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