Rebecca Saltzman

Rebecca Saltzman Rebecca Saltzman was first elected to the BART Board on November 6, 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Director Saltzman represents District 3, which includes Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda.

Rebecca Saltzman was elected to the BART Board on November 6, 2012. Director Saltzman represents District 3, which includes all or parts of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and unincorporated areas of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Before she was elected, Director Saltzman spent years as a public transit and policy advocate, coalition builder, grassroots organizer, and manager with local, state, and national issue-based organizations. In addition to her service on the BART Board, Saltzman also works as the government affairs manager for a statewide environmental organization. In that role, she coordinates a network of environmental, public health, and social justice organizations that work together to influence the state legislature and other regulatory bodies to make decisions that protect our air, water, and environment. In 2011, Saltzman received the League of Women Voters of Oakland’s Making Democracy Work Award in recognition of her work and commitment to increasing citizen engagement in local government. Saltzman graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, and relies on BART, buses, and walking to get around.

Operating as usual

Loving the construction progress on the El Cerrito del Norte BART station modernization project. The station and new bus...
12/18/2020

Loving the construction progress on the El Cerrito del Norte BART station modernization project. The station and new bus shelters look beautiful. And the expanded capacity, new elevators, and added stairways will be hugely helpful when ridership returns.

Thanks to the BART Board for electing Mark Foley as President and me as Vice President today. Congratulations Mark - I l...
12/17/2020

Thanks to the BART Board for electing Mark Foley as President and me as Vice President today. Congratulations Mark - I look forward to serving together! And thanks to outgoing President Lateefah Simon for her leadership during this incredibly challenging year.

(And yes, this photo of President Foley and me was taken pre-pandemic, the week the A's swept the Yankees.)

Zinnia knows the importance of transit (and toothbrushes!) and is calling on Congress to aid public transit with emergen...
12/15/2020

Zinnia knows the importance of transit (and toothbrushes!) and is calling on Congress to aid public transit with emergency funding.

Without $32 billion in aid, 61% of US transit systems face reductions in service and/or workforce. Our federal leaders need to #SavePublicTransit.

The BART Board just voted to ratify labor contract with AFSCME, ATU, and SEIU. Thank you to BART workers for sharing in ...
12/03/2020
BART Board approves new labor contracts | bart.gov

The BART Board just voted to ratify labor contract with AFSCME, ATU, and SEIU. Thank you to BART workers for sharing in financial uncertainty with riders, taxpayers, and the district, with no or small wage increases dependent on ridership increases.

I can't thank BART workers enough, for coming to work during this pandemic and serving the Bay Area. And now for overwhelmingly supporting these labor contracts. I look forward to continuing to work together to meet the challenges ahead.

Here is the full statement I made at the Board meeting:

I want to thank BART workers, union leadership, and BART management for coming together during this incredibly challenging year.

Right after shelter in place started and ridership dropped, you came together to make quick, creative, and significant changes. This allowed the District to save tens of millions of dollars and help avoid layoffs and financial ruin.

Then, you came together again to negotiate the labor contracts that are before us today. These are fair contracts that recognize the difficult financial situation BART is in and the uncertainty as we move forward.

BART workers are sharing in this uncertainty with riders, taxpayers, and the district. If ridership returns in 2 or 3 years - and we will do everything in our power to ensure that it does - workers will get small wage increases based on ridership increases. And ridership increases mean revenue increases for BART.

But if ridership doesn't increase, BART workers could get no wage increases. If ridership only increases a small amount, workers will get small increases. This contract means we are all in this together, through the ups and downs and unknowns.

And if BART is facing layoffs, the contract can be reopened to identify further savings. I'm confident all parties will come together to do everything possible to prevent layoffs.

I can't thank BART workers enough, for coming to work during this pandemic and serving the Bay Area. And now for overwhelmingly supporting these labor contracts. I support them too and look forward to continuing to work together to meet the challenges ahead.

Today the BART Board of Directors approved new labor contracts for BART’s three largest unions.The following statement was issued by BART General Manager Bob Powers and labor leaders Jesse Hunt, President ATU Local 1555, John Arantes, BART Chapter President SEIU Local 1021, Olivia Rocha, President...

Bay Area Rapid Transit
11/27/2020

Bay Area Rapid Transit

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Today, BART is running Sunday service with service starting approximately at 8am.

We give thanks to our essential workers who commute via BART, and our frontline employees who show up to work to keep the Bay Area moving during this pandemic. Thank you!

Today I chaired my last Capitol Corridor JPA Board meeting. It's been an honor to serve as chair for the past two years,...
11/18/2020

Today I chaired my last Capitol Corridor JPA Board meeting. It's been an honor to serve as chair for the past two years, for an agency that is so important to me and the mega-region. Congrats Don Saylor and Raul Peralez for being elected Chair and Vice Chair today. I look forward to their leadership and to continuing to serve as a CCJPA director.

The Mayfair project starting coming up 2 weeks ago. Here’s what it looks like today. 😲 Yay for modular housing construct...
11/06/2020

The Mayfair project starting coming up 2 weeks ago. Here’s what it looks like today. 😲 Yay for modular housing construction! It’s next to El Cerrito Del Norte BART (not on BART property) and will have 223 housing units, including 67 affordable units. I look forward to welcoming hundreds of new neighbors to El Cerrito.

11/04/2020

Though I wasn't on the ballot, I'm thrilled to have been re-elected! Even happier that Lateefah Simon and Bevan Dufty won in a landslide and John McPartland looks like he'll win. We'll continue to work to ensure BART emerges from current crises as stronger, more equitable agency.

Disappointed that Debora Allen won re-election, though it's important to note that the three candidates she and the BART police union recruited to run all lost badly, and they were unsuccessful recruiting a candidate to run against me.

HUGE thanks to Jamie Salcido for running against Allen! We knew it would be a tough race, and Jamie and her team ran an amazing campaign that educated tens of thousands of voters about Allen's record and Jamie's vision. Please join me in appreciating Jamie today. 👏

Oh BART, I’ve missed you. Great to be back on a clean train and see all riders properly wearing masks. On my way to chec...
10/29/2020

Oh BART, I’ve missed you.

Great to be back on a clean train and see all riders properly wearing masks. On my way to check out BART’s new headquarters.

10/23/2020

Disgraceful that a BART director needs to be reminded that homelessness is not a crime.

Vote for Jamie Salcido for BART District 1, and spread the word to everyone you know in Central Contra Costa County. https://jamieforbart.com

At this Thursday's BART Board meeting we'll vote on or get updates on three items I introduced. TLDR -1) Resolution oppo...
10/20/2020

At this Thursday's BART Board meeting we'll vote on or get updates on three items I introduced. TLDR -
1) Resolution opposing MTC's work from home mandate
2) Changing BART police model
3) Making virtual public participation at BART meetings permanent

Full details:

1) Director Janice Li and I are introducing a resolution opposing MTC's 60% work from home mandate in Plan Bay Area 2050. There's still time for MTC to change course and achieve GHG emission reductions through more investment in transit, biking, walking, and TOD.

2) At Thursday's BART meeting we'll get an update on Director Bevan Dufty and my proposal for BART to change the police model to deemphasize the use of sworn personnel to respond to homelessness, behavioral health and substance use, and other issues that do not need an armed police response.

3) Folks on Twitter asked if we could make it possible for public to engage virtually in BART meetings permanently to increase public participation so I proposed that. BART staff have said YES and they are working to make it happen.

There are other important items on this week's BART Board meeting agenda, including making the unarmed ambassador pilot program that Director Dufty first introduced permanent. Join us at the meeting this Thursday at 9 am.

Meeting agenda and details: https://bart.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=810543&GUID=A8F89547-705D-4CD5-9552-4A5B0E04C718&Options=&Search=

Join me this Friday evening for a fundraiser for Jamie Salcido featuring a conversation with Jamie, Wanda Johnson, and o...
09/29/2020

Join me this Friday evening for a fundraiser for Jamie Salcido featuring a conversation with Jamie, Wanda Johnson, and other leaders on reimagining public safety. Jamie is a Walnut Creek transportation commissioner, a mom, and a BART rider, and she's exactly who we need on the BART Board right now. Thanks to Directors Bevan Dufty, Janice Li, and Lateefah Simon for cohosting this event with me.

Please donate and attend this virtual event: https://donorbox.org/jamie-for-bart-with-special-guest-wanda-johnson

Huge news - BART received $1.2 billion federal grant for Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project, funding:🚄 Train cars t...
09/14/2020
BART's Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program earns billion dollar federal grant | bart.gov

Huge news - BART received $1.2 billion federal grant for Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project, funding:
🚄 Train cars to expand capacity & improve experience
🖥️ Train control system to move more trains & people
⚡️ Power substations to improve reliability

BART’s long-term effort to reduce crowding and increase service across the Bay is getting a critical funding boost. The Federal Transit Administration has issued a $1.2 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement for BART’s Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program. This comes after the conclusion of a l...

Join me at Jamie Salcido's campaign kickoff event for BART Board this Wednesday evening. I strongly support Jamie - Waln...
09/14/2020

Join me at Jamie Salcido's campaign kickoff event for BART Board this Wednesday evening. I strongly support Jamie - Walnut Creek transportation commissioner, a mom, and a BART rider, she's exactly who we need on the BART Board. She's running against Debora Allen, who is anti-labor, opposed to transit oriented development and affordable housing, and has voted against police reform.

Register for Jamie's virtual kickoff event to learn more about her and why she's running: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7815997957731/WN_2VgwJSmbT1KFn9ls50TZ4g

Ashby and North Berkeley BART housing development is moving forward, with a focus on affordable housing, community featu...
09/02/2020
Ashby, North Berkeley top BART's list of stations to build housing faster

Ashby and North Berkeley BART housing development is moving forward, with a focus on affordable housing, community features, and open space. I was happy to see that all emails the BART Board received last week on AB 2923 development principles supported housing at both stations.

If you missed Monday's community meeting that 200+ people attended, I recommend Berkeleyside's recap of it:

Berkeley's efforts to help lead the charge to build hundreds of new apartments at the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations have landed the city at the top of the transit agency's list for short-term development plans.

"It’s probably safer than you think, according to medical professionals — and could become safer in the future, if techn...
08/26/2020
What risks do you take riding BART during the pandemic?

"It’s probably safer than you think, according to medical professionals — and could become safer in the future, if technologies the transit agency is testing now pan out."

Read this in depth Berkeleyside article on some of the important work the BART team is doing to make trains even safer.

This month, BART piloted a project to outfit five of its train cars with dense filters capable of trapping coronavirus.

At Thursday's BART Board meeting, we'll be voting on AB 2923 development principles, to guide development on BART proper...
08/25/2020

At Thursday's BART Board meeting, we'll be voting on AB 2923 development principles, to guide development on BART properties. These complement current BART transit oriented development and station access policies, which prioritize affordable housing and non-auto access. Read the principles and policies here: https://bart.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4620753&GUID=A3BDD43D-ACE6-418E-BAF8-69CA6694FD22&Options=&Search=

And please let me know your thoughts on these draft principles.

Yesterday BART released a draft transit oriented development work plan, the product of years of work by the Board and st...
08/19/2020

Yesterday BART released a draft transit oriented development work plan, the product of years of work by the Board and staff. I'm excited to see what we could achieve in the next 10 years including housing, jobs, riders, and revenue.

I've been hard at work in District 3, along with BART staff, elected officials, and community members to advance TOD projects with significant affordable housing. Pleased to see three District 3 stations in the short term plan (5 years) - El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley & Rockridge.

Four more District 3 stations are on the mid-term plan (10 years) - Orinda, El Cerrito Del Norte, Bay Fair, and San Leandro (where a 200 unit 100% affordable housing development has already been completed, and there's space for more housing still).

f you're interested in TOD, please take some time to read the report:https://bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART%20TOD_Workplan_FINAL_Spreads_200814%20Reduced.pdf

The TOD work plan will be on the next BART Board meeting agenda, Thursday, August 27th at 9 am.

I strongly support Jamie Salcido for BART District 1. A Walnut Creek transportation commissioner, a mom, and a BART ride...
08/18/2020
A new voice for a better bart

I strongly support Jamie Salcido for BART District 1. A Walnut Creek transportation commissioner, a mom, and a BART rider, she's exactly who we need on the BART Board. Donate, screenshot your donation, and I'll match donations up to $500. Please donate today.

Elect Jamie Salcido for BART Director, District 1. Details coming soon.

08/14/2020

Some exciting news - I am the only candidate who filed to run for District 3. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the BART Board for four more years and to help ensure BART emerges from the current crises as a stronger, more equitable agency.

But I won't be sitting this important election out. I'll be focused on electing Jamie Salcido to replace Debora Allen and re-electing BART Board President Lateefah Simon. I hope you'll join me in endorsing, volunteering, and donating to both of them. (More on this next week.)

It's official - today I filed to run for reelection to BART Board! Hope to serve District 3 for another four years. Lear...
08/04/2020

It's official - today I filed to run for reelection to BART Board! Hope to serve District 3 for another four years. Learn more, and if you'd like to support my campaign, please endorse, sign up to volunteer, or donate: https://www.rebeccasaltzman.com/

07/23/2020

One huge benefit of the BART Board meeting virtually has been greater public access and engagement in Board meetings. I just introduced a proposal to make BART public comments by phone and internet permanently available, including when we're able to safely meeting in person.

Excited we're moving forward with plans to turn parking lots at my home BART station into housing. Yesterday BART releas...
07/22/2020

Excited we're moving forward with plans to turn parking lots at my home BART station into housing. Yesterday BART released a Request for Qualifications for a developer to build transit-oriented development at El Cerrito Plaza. We hope to select a developer later this year. https://www.bart.gov/about/business/tod/el-cerrito-plaza

Thanks so much to everyone who came to my virtual campaign kick off last night! It was so much fun to see and connect wi...
07/17/2020

Thanks so much to everyone who came to my virtual campaign kick off last night! It was so much fun to see and connect with you, hear from BART Board President Lateefah Simon and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, share my story and priorities, answer your questions, and to introduce you to my wife, daughter, and parents.

Tonight is my virtual campaign kick off! I hope you can join BART Board President Lateefah Simon, Berkeley Mayor Jesse A...
07/16/2020

Tonight is my virtual campaign kick off! I hope you can join BART Board President Lateefah Simon, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, and me at 6 pm on Zoom to discuss my vision and work to make BART more reliable, equitable, and just. Thanks to the event host committee and everyone who has supported the campaign! There's still time to join the host committee or buy a ticket for tonight's kick off event: https://www.rebeccasaltzman.com/kickoff

Excited that Clipper START launched today, offering 20% discount to BART riders with qualifying income and discounts on ...
07/15/2020
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Excited that Clipper START launched today, offering 20% discount to BART riders with qualifying income and discounts on other transit agencies. This is an important step to making BART affordable to all (and yes, my goal is to do more). Please spread the word:

Tomorrow night is my virtual campaign kick off! I hope you can join BART Board President Lateefah Simon, Berkeley Mayor ...
07/15/2020
Rebecca Saltzman Campaign Kick Off

Tomorrow night is my virtual campaign kick off! I hope you can join BART Board President Lateefah Simon, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, and me on July 16 at 6 pm on Zoom to discuss my vision and work to make BART more reliable, equitable, and just. Please RSVP:

Join me at Rebecca Saltzman for BART Board's campaign kick off event, Thurs, July 16 at 6 pm on Zoom with BART Board President Lateefah Simon and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin.

Please join me at my campaign kick off event next Thursday, July 16 at 6 pm on Zoom. Learn about my work over the past e...
07/06/2020
Rebecca Saltzman Campaign Kick Off

Please join me at my campaign kick off event next Thursday, July 16 at 6 pm on Zoom. Learn about my work over the past eight years and what I plan to do in the next four years to ensure BART emerges from the current crises as a stronger and more equitable agency, better equipped to serve all riders. I'll be joined by BART Board President Lateefah Simon and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin to speak about work we've done together to improve BART and the Bay Area.

Join me at Rebecca Saltzman for BART Board's campaign kick off event, Thurs, July 16 at 6 pm on Zoom with BART Board President Lateefah simon and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin.

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You tryna cut the BART police??!! Hell nah, BART be hella crazy. All them youngins and crazy folks up on the trains. People be pushing in front of trains at YOUR station, and you want to CUT the POLICE?? Bring those lil kids to me I'll whoop they butts. NO. CUTTING. POLICE.
You are a TERRIBLE BART Director. Under your watch, we've seen an Increase in violent crime, theft, and homicide. You've all but killed night and weekend ridership. You are the Scott Wiener of BART, in the pockets of the big developers looking to capitalize on BART lots. Ineffective, corrupt, GO AWAY. VOTE HER OUT!
Does it appear possible to reinstitute Clipper card use on the BART Bikelink lockers? I think it would encourage use of them (not another bloody card to carry), and was VERY convenient. I note that there are a number of non-BART lockers that do accept Clipper cards, which is the opposite of what you'd expect.