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AC Transit to stream live audio of its board meetings in open-government move

By dcuff
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 11:43 am in Uncategorized.

AC Transit is joining the ranks of government boards allowing the public  to listen to their meetings on the Web, starting Wednesday. The idea: make government more open and little easier for the public to follow.

Operators of the bus system for much of western Alameda and Contra Costa counties said being more transparent was their motivation for starting to stream live audio of their board meetings, and also archiving the meetings so the public can listen to past meetings by visiting  AC Transit’s Web site.

To access the audio casts, visit the transit system’s Web site at www.actransit.org. Then click on “Public Meetings/Live Audio” and then click again on “Live and Archived Audio.” The meetings will be listed by date.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission for some time has streamed live audio of its meetings. BART  does not stream live audio of is meetings yet despite the BART board repeatedly calling for live streaming of its meetings in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an unarmed train rider, Oscar Grant III, by a then transit police officer on Jan 1, 2009.

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