Thomas Blalock first joined the Board after his District 6 constituents elected him on November 8, 1994. Since then, voters re-elected him in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 to represent Fremont, Hayward (partial), Newark, Union City and Unincorporated Alameda County (partial).
His BART Board colleagues first chose him to serve as Vice President of the Board in 1999 and President of the Board in 2000. He also served as President from December 2008 through December 2009 and December 2014 through December 2015.
Blalock is dedicated to expand BART south. He serves on the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project Policy Advisory Board, whose efforts include the new Warm Springs Station and the future BART extension to Santa Clara County.
Director Blalock currently serves as BART’s representative on the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Additionally, he is a member of the governing agencies of two heavy rail services:
- San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (Amtrak’s Sacramento-Bakersfield-Oakland service) starting in 2013
- Altamont Corridor Express (Herzog’s Stockton-San Jose service) starting in 2001
He previously served Capitol Corridor (Amtrak's Sacramento San Jose service) since its inception to January of 2014.
Director Blalock brings to the BART Board an extensive background in planning, engineering and administration. His professional career spans 43 years working for three cities; Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Fremont. Blalock served Fremont from 1960 as City Engineer and from 1975-1995 as Public Works Director. He retired in August 1995.
During his career, Director Blalock has laid claim to multiple major accomplishments, awards, and appointments. He is a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and in 1998 was President of ASCE’s 6,000 member San Francisco Section. He received ASCE’s “Harland Bartholomew Award” (a national award in Urban and Regional Planning) in 1985. Blalock is also a life member of the American Public Works Association (APWA). He received the “Samuel A. Greely Award” from APWA in 1991. In 1996, he chaired the City of Fremont’s Downtown Planning Advisory Committee.
Director Blalock holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from San Jose State University and is a licensed Civil Engineer. He received the "Award of Distinction" from San Jose State University in May 2000.
In retirement, Director Blalock enjoys his time as a member of Sons in Retirement, the Fremont Kiwanis Club and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.
Director Blalock resides in Fremont with his wife, Gail. They have five children, three grandsons, five granddaughters, and one great grandson. His hobbies include wine making, fishing, boating and travel.
Updated December 17, 2015