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February 18, 2014 > BART seeks to increase public input with night Board meetings

BART seeks to increase public input with night Board meetings

Submitted By Bay Area Rapid Transit

In an effort to encourage more public participation and transparency, the BART Board of Directors will hold five night meetings between now and June. The meetings will begin at 5 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month through June, with the first night session taking place on Thursday, February 27. The Board, which also meets at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month, will ensure topics with the most public interest and impact will be placed on the agendas of night time meetings. To use the publicÕs time efficiently, the Board will conduct closed sessions before the 5 p.m. start time.

The first scheduled night meeting will include a presentation on BARTÕs preliminary budget funding priorities for the next fiscal year and an update on the environmental review process of the proposed Livermore extension. Also scheduled is a discussion led by Board President Joel Keller on his idea to put an advisory measure on the ballot to ban transit strikes. Keller will seek input from other Board members and the public on his dispute resolution proposal, which would prohibit work stoppages.

Members of the public are invited to attend all Board meetings, which are held in the BART Board Room on the third floor of the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall at the corner of 20th and Webster in Oakland.

Night meetings will be held at 5 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, February 27
Thursday, March 27
Thursday, April 24
Thursday, May 22
Thursday, June 26

BART Police will provide safety escorts from the Board meeting room to the 19th Street BART station. The agenda for each meeting is released to the public the Friday before and can be found at www.bart.gov in the Board of Directors section.

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