BART launches interactive game, hosts events to let public weigh in on projects


BART launches interactive game, hosts events to let public weigh in on projects

BART is seeking public input on important spending decisions while planning for the next 40 years of reliable service.  The public can weigh in on projects such as: a second Transbay Tube; an Express Bus Service along the busy I-680 corridor; more infill stations in key areas; and fixing the backlog of needed repairs on the BART system.  These are some of the projects up for consideration and included in a newly released interactive online game “Future BART,” which allows the public to become decision makers with a budget. 

The public is invited to join staff and members of the BART Board of Directors during the month of October at one of our station events to play the game and ask questions.  The events will be held in the free areas of the station.  The public can also go directly online to www.futurebart.org and select the projects and funding sources they prefer.

Here’s how the game works: 
There are three improvement categories participants can select from:  Fix and Modernize BART; More Train and Station Capacity; and New Lines & Extensions.  Within the three categories participants can choose and prioritize specific projects and the revenue sources to help pay for them.  Revenue sources include a bond measure, regional gas tax, higher bridge tolls, and others.  The player is given a budget and must stick to it or select additional funding sources if they want to select more projects. This exercise will show participants, in real time, the potential benefits and impacts of different spending decisions and the annual household cost of your selected priorities. 

The feedback received will be used to develop the BART Vision Plan which will help guide the BART Board of Directors and staff when making decisions about the future of BART.  

“This game can help educate the public about the real costs of what it takes to keep BART reliable and to add capacity to the current system,” said Board President Joel Keller.  “The BART Vision Plan is about narrowing down the options of projects BART should focus on by determining which ones are most important to the public and fit best into our goals of serving the Bay Area for years to come.”

All in-station events will be from 4pm to 7pm: 

Fremont                         Tues.  Oct 7
Balboa Park                   Wed.   Oct 8    
El Cerrito del Norte        Thurs. Oct 9 
Pittsburg/Bay Point        Tues.  Oct 14    
Dublin/Pleasanton          Wed.   Oct 15    
Walnut Creek                 Thurs. Oct 16    
Fruitvale                         Tues.  Oct 21    
Downtown Berkeley       Wed.   Oct 22
Richmond                       Tues.  Oct 28
Montgomery                   Thurs. Oct 30 

 

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