The Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors has unanimously elected Bob Franklin to serve as its new president. He is the first former BART employee to become board president.
The board also unanimously elected Board Member John McPartland to serve as vice president.
Both assumed their posts after the board voted at its Dec. 16 meeting at BART Headquarters in Oakland. The nine-member board is made up of three elected directors from each of the district’s three counties: San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa.
Franklin said that one of BART’s key initiatives in the coming year would be expand its fleet of 669 train cars.
“We have the oldest fleet for an agency of our type, with cars that average 30 years old,” he said. “By the time we replace these cars, the average age will have increased to 46 to 51 years old.”
A second initiative will be to improve community relations, he said. “We have a 96 percent on-time record, and our system has never had a major accident. We need to reach out to the public and our passengers and remind them of all the positive gains at BART,” he said.
Franklin was elected to the board in 2004. He represents BART District 3, which covers Kensington, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and portions of Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Castro Valley.
Prior to being elected, he worked for BART for six years in the Finance and Planning departments.