Apply for BART Earthquake Safety Program Citizens' Oversight Committee


Apply for BART Earthquake Safety Program Citizens' Oversight Committee

Do you want to make a difference and ensure that public money is being spent as intended? Consider serving on BART’s Earthquake Safety Program Citizens’ Oversight Committee. BART is now accepting applications for this volunteer committee. The role of the Committee is to verify that bond revenues authorized under Measure AA are spent as promised on earthquake safety retrofits.

Application Deadline: November 28, 2014

Background:

On June 10, 2004, the BART Board of Directors passed a resolution placing Measure AA on the November 2004 ballot to assist in funding BART’s Earthquake Safety Program. The program will upgrade the original BART system operating facilities to ensure that they can return to operation shortly after a major earthquake. Residents of Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties passed Measure AA on November 2, 2004.

The ballot measure stipulated that upon approval of the bond by the voters, the BART Board of Directors is to establish and appoint members to a Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

Purpose:

The role of the Committee is to verify that bond revenues are spent as promised on earthquake safety retrofits. Specifically, the duties and responsibilities of the Committee are:

  • Review scheduling and budgeting of projects to be funded by the bond measure.
  • Confirm that work is completed and bond funds are expended in accordance with the bond measure.
  • Inform the public concerning expenditures of bond revenues.


Committee Members:

The Earthquake Safety Program Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be a five (5) member committee. The BART Board will select one committee member and one alternate for each seat. The Committee will consist of:

  • One member with expertise in seismic retrofitting;
  • One member with expertise in auditing;
  • One member with expertise in engineering;
  • One member with expertise in public finance or project management; and
  • One member shall represent the community at large.


Citizens’ Oversight Committee members and their alternates are required to be citizens of the BART District (Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties) who are neither elected officials of any government nor employees of BART. Neither the member of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee nor the firm in which they are employed or have an ownership interest in will be eligible to bid on BART Earthquake Safety Program work while participating on the committee.  Please read the Standing Rules and Application and Appointment Procedures carefully for restrictions on membership.

Length of Term:

Members shall serve two-year terms without compensation, although the District shall provide BART fare for transportation to and from meetings. The Committee will meet 2 to 4 times per year, as determined by the committee.

Contact:

If you have any questions about the Earthquake Safety Program Citizens’ Oversight Committee or application process, please contact Kate Claassen, Community Relations Liaison, at (510) 874-7371 or eqcommittee@bart.gov, or visit www.bart.gov/earthquakesafety to obtain an application.