BART Director John McPartland of Castro Valley was elected the BART Board president Thursday. He will hold the rotating position for a year.
The board president has no more votes than other directors, but he has extra influence because he determines the BART board meeting agendas, runs board meetings, and frequently acts as a spokesman for the transit agency
McPartland said his top priorities include reinvesting in the core BART system, working to extend BART to Livermore, and offering greater support for active military personnel and veterans.
“As a retired combat veteran, I want to ensure BART continues to contribute in any way possible to support our returning service members as they transition back to civilian life,” McPartland said.
McPartland is a retired Oakland fire department batalion chief and and former BART safety specialist.
Tom Radulovich of San Francisco was elected the BART board vice president, putting him in line to become board president in a year.