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September 3, 2013 > Transit Expert Roy Nakadegawa Dies

Transit Expert Roy Nakadegawa Dies

Former AC Transit and BART director Roy Nakadegawa passed away August 23, 2013, at his home in Berkeley. Mr. Nakadegawa had been suffering from congestive heart failure for some time.

Mr. Nakadegawa served on the AC Transit Board for 20 years, from 1972 to 1992. He then served on the BART Board for 12 years from 1992 to 2004. After he left the BART Board, he joined the Board of TRANSDEF (Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund), a non-profit environmental organization created by transit activists to advocate for better solutions to transportation, land use and air quality problems in the San Francisco Bay Area. In all those positions he argued for cost-effective, mobility improving transit.

When Mr. Nakadegawa served on the AC Transit Board of Directors, its members got an annuity when they left the Board. For many years, Mr. Nakadegawa generously donated his annuity payments to buy prizes for AC Transit's local bus rodeo winners.

As a BART Director he consistently advocated for cost effective transit administration. Mr. Nakadegawa tirelessly urged his fellow board members to consider innovative uses of BART facilities as a non-traditional source of revenue and improved customer access, resulting in the adoption of both permanent and experimental parking program initiatives. He will also be remembered for his role in advocating BART's Earthquake Safety Program.

Mr. Nakadegawa had been a transportation engineer for the City of Richmond and for many years served on the Board that administers the civil engineering exam in California. In 1989, he was elected National President of the Institute for Transportation of American Public Works Association and later served as its liaison to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the national transportation advocacy group. While with BART Mr. Nakadegawa became an active member of APTA, serving on several committees including its Policy and Planning; Advanced Technology, Governing Board; and Transit Management and Performance committees.

Mr. Nakadegawa and his wife Judy were dedicated to peace, family, public service and folk dancing.

Cards and letters should be sent to: Judy Nakadegawa and family, 751 The Alameda, Berkeley, California 94707-1930.

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