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Live from Oakland: BART meetings online

By dcuff
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 2:00 pm in Uncategorized.

BART tomorrow joins the many public agencies that  stream their board meetings live on the Web.  The idea: make the transit system more open and accessible to the public.

BART officials say they don’t expect to set any viewership records for their twice a month meetings on Thursday mornings in Oakland.

Still, it’s an important good government measure to give the public the opportunity to view meetings on the Web or call them up later, said BART board member Bob Franklin of Oakland. He is credited with pushing for years to bring the meetings to the Web.

Besides, BART meetings occasionally are dramatic and provide some provocative discussions about running the second biggest transit system in the Bay Area. 

In the last 16 months, the fatal police shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III and the hotly debated plan for a BART rail extension to the Oakland International Airport drew hundreds of people to some board meetings.

(By the way, the BART board tomorrow morning may consider whether to provide a temporary fare discount to riders who put up with fare increases and an off-peak service cut last year)

Until this week, the public had to go to downtown Oakland on Thursday mornings to see meetings – except for video excerpts that BART posted on its Web site.

Click here for info about viewing BART board meetings.

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