Re-Elect Robert Raburn for BART Board 2018: Putting Riders First

"I Work for You ... Not BART."


"We need Robert Raburn on the BART Board. There is no one more dedicated to BART riders than Robert. With his vision and leadership, we passed Measure RR, the most significant step yet to prepare the Bay Area for the transit demands of today and tomorrow."


-- Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Keeping the trains on time is no job for amateurs. With 131 miles of track, 50 stations, about 519 aging cars plus 354 "fleet of the future" cars (as of 7/01/22), 184 escalators, 147 elevators, 715 fare gates, and pressure to always do more with less, making BART work for you takes a rare kind of leader.

As a professional transportation planner with 30 years of experience improving transit, Robert Raburn is the expert we need on the BART Board.

A BART Director has to make tough decisions. They have to balance limitless priorities with limited resources. They have to make BART better through innovation, efficiency, and service improvements. They have to lead by example and prove to voters that reinvesting in our core transportation system is worth it. In his eleven years on the BART Board, Director Raburn has shown that he’s up to the task. He was elected to serve as Board President in 2018.

Director Raburn understands how transit works, knows how to make it better, and puts riders first. He often says, “I work for you, not for BART.” He’s the proven leader we need on the BART Board, for the people of District 4 and for everyone who rides BART. At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 he was resolute to provide service for essential workers.


Robert Keeps His Word:


Robert said he would focus
on alleviating overcrowding.
He kept his word.

Raburn has championed modernizing BART’s aging fleet with 775 new BART cars to be delivered over the next five years. Ten were put into service on January 19, 2018. Each new car will allow BART to reduce crowding by running longer trains. Robert is working to fund an additional 306 BART cars to keep up with ridership demand and offer more frequent service.

Robert said he would champion
vibrant urban centers at BART stations.
He kept his word.

In 2016, the BART Board adopted a Transit Oriented Development policy that envisions mixed-use development, including 20,000 new housing units on BART property. The bold policy calls for 35% of the units overall, or 7,000, to be affordable. Currently in Oakland, 875 new housing units are underway at MacArthur BART, 110 units are being built at Coliseum BART, and Fruitvale BART will soon have 94 new units, including BART’s first supportive services housing for veterans. Robert’s focus on new housing and jobs near BART addresses our region’s severe housing shortage, meets our climate change goals, and brings residents close to where they work and thrive.


Robert said he would make 
BART an environmental leader.
He kept his word.

Robert created BART’s Environmental/Sustainability Committee that led to adoption on December 7, 2017 of monumental wind- and solar-power contracts that commit BART to a renewable energy future. His fight to rebuild BART, Measure RR, met voter approval in November 2016, and BART has issued the first certified Green Bonds to eager investors. The new train cars even regenerate more power when braking. More Bay Area residents walk or bike to ride non-polluting trains than ever before. Robert is doing everything he can to prepare BART for the Bay Area’s green future.

Robert said he would make BART a vital
and equitable workforce development partner.
He kept his word.

At Robert’s urging, BART’s Office of Civil Rights has hosted a number of workshops informing local small businesses about Measure RR’s contracting opportunities with BART. He also spearheaded partnerships with seven regional community colleges and labor apprenticeship programs to create a pipeline to good-paying skilled transit jobs for local students.


Robert said he’d make BART more efficient.
He kept his word.

When voters passed the $3.5B Measure RR, BART promised a bond interest rate no greater than 5%. On account of eager investors, BART's initial $300M Green Bond received a low 3.57% rate—a savings to be passed on to taxpayers. He also successfully advocated for designing new cars that reduce noise levels on BART, saving taxpayers and riders millions of dollars in track maintenance costs.

Robert said he’d make us safer.
He kept his word.

Robert insisted on an earthquake early warning system for BART that will save lives by preventing trains from derailing when “the big one” strikes. He also supported increasing the number of Community Service Officers in BART, leading to more cost-effective patrols throughout the system. Another priority is filling vacancies in the BART Police staffing and ensuring their training includes a focus on harm reduction, diversion, and partnerships with city, county, and state services for at-risk individuals.

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New BART Cars Have Arrived!

Global Rail News: BART ‘Fleet of the Future’ carriages enter service

The first train of the San Francisco Bay Area’s ‘Fleet of the Future’ has entered revenue service.

The inaugural ride out at MacArthur station on January 19 follows months of testing.

More than 2,900 modifications have been made to the prototype trains, which were certified by the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this month. ...

At peak production, between 16 and 20 new carriages will be delivered every month, with the final vehicles due to arrive by the end of 2022.

BART board president Robert Raburn said in a statement: “The sight of this new train in service is a sign of a brighter future for BART customers.”

He added: “Adding new train cars and phasing out BART’s legacy fleet is just one of the ways we are modernizing. We are also replacing track and infrastructure and bringing on a new train control system to improve reliablity and run trains closer together. But for now let’s all enjoy the look and feel of the brand-new cars.”

Transit-Oriented Developments Underway in Oakland

By Robert Raburn in the Oakland Post

The BART Board adopted a bold policy in June 2016 to encourage Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) on lands owned by BART.

Creating mixed use, commercial or housing developments at BART represents a smart strategy that improves the region’s quality of life, economy, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Living and working near BART represents access to opportunity.

The Bay Area’s imbalance between burgeoning job growth and stagnant housing supply has resulted in skyrocketing housing costs and the displacement of workers who cannot afford to live near the job centers.

Throughout the region, BART envisions long-term leases yielding 20,000 much-needed housing units by 2040. Of particular significance, all income levels will be accommodated.

The policy sets a goal that 35% of the overall projected units (7,000) will be affordable. At any particular site, a minimum of 20% of the units will be affordable.

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