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February 17, 2010 > Live "streaming" for AC Transit Board meetings

Live "streaming" for AC Transit Board meetings

Submitted By Linda Nemeroff

In an effort to provide greater transparency to the public and more open government, the AC Transit Board of Directors and their Standing Committees began streaming live audio of their meetings via the AC Transit website effective Wednesday, February 10, 2010.

In addition to listening to "live" meetings, archived audio of previously streamed meetings is also available. The Board of Directors approved live audio streaming on September 30, 2009, for a trial period of two years at which time the system will be evaluated in order to determine future needs.

"Many government agencies are using technology to open up public business and build trust in their elected official's wise spending of taxpayers' monies, " said Board President Rocky Fernandez. "Using our website to audio stream Board meetings helps provide riders, advocates, transportation partners and the general public with an opportunity to become more knowledgeable in the business of the District and more participative in open government."

By streaming, the District hopes to enhance the public's access to all AC Transit affairs. The agency is taking advantage of this smart technology to not only increase candidness but also improve the overall efficiency of the policy-making process by widening its audience for expanded public feedback.

Residents interested in using this new service may visit the AC Transit website at www.ACTransit.org, click on "Public Meetings/Live Audio" and then click again on "Live and Archived Audio" The meetings are listed by date.

The meeting archive begins with the February 10 meeting. Every Board meeting thereafter will be catalogued and available for listening on the site.

For more information, visit www.ACTransit.org.

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