Robert Raburn was elected to the BART Board of Directors on November 2, 2010. He represents District 4, which includes the city of Alameda, and portions of Oakland and San Leandro. Robert is a professional transportation planner with over 22 years of experience reforming transit and championing alternatives to driving.
Robert is the expert we need on the BART Board because he understands how transit works, knows how to make it better, and puts riders first. He often says, “I work for you, not for BART.” Over the last three and a half years, Robert has put those words into action for the people of District 4 and for everyone who rides BART.
His record of accomplishments include:
Expanding BART's Capacity
Illustration courtesy of Bombardier/Morelli Designers Team
- Meeting the demands of a growing ridership
- Led efforts to replace aging BART cars with 775 new ones; his goal is to bring that up to 1000 within the next four years to meet demand and alleviate overcrowding.
- Investing in the existing infrastructure, increasing trans-bay service by coordinating with other transit systems, and modernizing stations.
Making BART Greener
- Replacing the need to drive with a new BART fleet that is larger, more frequent, and bicycle friendly.
- Championing sustainable residential and work place development at existing stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need for long commutes.
- Ensuring that BART is energy efficient and promoting green power sources.
Making BART Work Better
- Making sure riders’ voices were heard, especially during the contract negotiations between BART unions and management.
- Leading the effort for increased oversight of the BART Police that was praised by National
Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
- Establishing policies to hire locally and promote small businesses.