Robert Raburn was elected to the BART Board of Directors on November 2, 2010. Director Raburn represents the public in District 4 which includes the cities of Alameda, Oakland (partial) and San Leandro (partial).
For a decade prior to being elected, Raburn chaired Alameda County’s Measure B Citizens Watchdog Committee to ensure the transportation tax funds were spent as promised to the voters. He helped draft the Measure B expenditure plan that was approved by the voters in 2000. Raburn also contributed to successful local and regional ballot measures that transformed the Fruitvale BART Station and added a parking structure, in addition to increasing bicycle and pedestrian safety near other BART stations. His ideas for Safe Routes to Transit are now a regional-wide program.
His leadership built respect and influence for the nonprofit East Bay Bicycle Coalition between 1992 and 2010. From getting the bike path on the new East Span of the Bay Bridge, to replacing the “world’s shortest freeway” near Lake Merritt in Oakland, Raburn’s involvement has resulted in significant accomplishments. He also has contributed to transportation policy changes: regional transportation planning now fully considers all modes of travel (i.e., Routine Accommodation), and reform of CEQA Guidelines was adopted by the State on January 1, 2010.
Raburn came to the East Bay in 1979 to study transportation and urban geography at UC Berkeley where he received a doctorate degree. He taught geography and urban planning for a decade at San José State University, and on behalf of Hispanic voter groups, served as an expert witness and drew political redistricting plans adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
As a grassroots activist, Raburn enjoys volunteering in Oakland’s Dimond District near his home. In his spare time he likes to bicycle tour with his wife Pat.