Robert Raburn for BART Board: Putting Riders First

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 26 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 seven, 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

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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

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  • 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.

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East Bay Express Endorses Robert Raburn for BART Board

Vote Yes on Oakland’s Measure Z and No on Berkeley’s Measure R 

East Bay Express, October 22, 2014

We’re also urging “yes” votes on Berkeley Measures S and F, and we’re endorsing Gilmore, Oddie, and Matarrese in Alameda; Eng, Senn, and Almanzor for Oakland school board; and Raburn for the BART board.

Finally, we think the BART board District Four race presents one of the most difficult choices in this year's election. Incumbent Robert Raburn is an environmentalist and transportation wonk, who, like us, opposes transportation projects that spur suburban sprawl. However, he disappointed us last year when he voted to hire union-busting negotiator Thomas Hock — a move that directly led to two BART strikes. Moreover, his challenger, Alameda Councilmember Lena Tam, is much better than he is on labor issues and has strong union backing. But having said that, we're concerned about Tam's dedication to the job — organized labor had to recruit her to run. And Raburn now admits that his vote to hire Hock was a mistake. For that reason, and because he's far more knowledgeable about transportation issues, we're endorsing Raburn for reelection.

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Late Night Bus Service Coming to the Bay Area

There’s just 18 days until the November 4 election, but no campaign is going to stop me from continuing to get things done for BART riders and Bay Area commuters. I’m pleased to announce that a proposal I’ve worked hard on for the past year was passed last week by the BART and AC Transit Boards to expand late night transbay bus service as early as this December!

This victory represents the culmination of my efforts to foster a strong collaborative relationship between BART and AC Transit. These extra buses will provide more frequent and expanded service to those who rely on transit when BART isn't in service. This pilot program is part of a larger effort to seek ways to offer the public more options during the overnight hours.

I want to continue my work on the BART Board of putting riders first and expanding affordable, reliable public transportation options for Bay Area residents. To do that, I need your help!

Please consider contributing $1000, $750, $500, $250, $100, or whatever you can afford today!

BART, AC Transit directors approve late night bus service and Wires BAY AREA, Calif. — Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Expanded late night transbay bus service could begin as early as December after BART and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit directors voted to approve the service.

BART directors approved the one-year pilot program today and AC Transit directors approved it Wednesday night.

The plan calls for AC Transit to run its existing late-night lines that run from San Francisco to Richmond and Fremont more frequently and add a line to the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station. The routes would also be lengthened in San Francisco to 24th and Mission streets.

Oakland Democrats Endorse Robert Raburn

Robert Raburn speaks at the MGO Candidate Forum.

As a lifelong Democrat I’m especially proud to announce I’ve once again received the endorsement of Oakland’s oldest, and preeminent, Democratic Club: the Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO).

I honor the decades of work of the MGO on behalf of the people of Oakland, and share its commitment to promoting the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party. I thank the MGO for recognizing my commitment to putting these principles to work for BART riders by expanding BART capacity, enshrining BART with good government practices, making BART greener, and making BART work better for everyone. 

Alameda County Carpenters Endorse Robert Raburn for BART Board

It’s been an incredible week for our campaign! Last Friday we kicked off the Labor Day weekend by announcing the endorsement of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County. This week we’re announcing the support of the Alameda County Carpenters Local 713!

Robert Raburn tours the wheelhouse as new tram cars are tested on the Oakland Airport Connector

This endorsement means a lot to me. For over 100 years, the Alameda County Carpenters Local 713 has worked to strengthen our communities, provide high paying jobs with good benefits, offer education and training for Alameda County carpenters, and ensure a safe and secure work place. I share these goals, and honor the Local 713’s tradition of fighting to make worker’s lives better. These shared values are why we’ve worked so well together while serving the public on the BART Board.

Construction Union Workers Support Robert Raburn for BART Board

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be more proud to announce that the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County has endorsed my re-election! Standing up for workers, and collaborating with local unions to build a mass transit system that the Bay Area deserves, has been one of my highest priorities on the BART Board.

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