BART staff lays out plans for spending $3.5B in Measure RR funding - SF Examiner
Date:  5/12/2017

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By Bay City News on May 11, 2017 3:16 pm

BART staff laid out plans for spending more than $3 billion of Measure RR funding on repairing and replacing critical safety infrastructure with a focus on “urgent fix-it-first needs” during a special board of directors meeting in Oakland on Thursday morning.

Projects that will be funded by the $3.5 billion bond measure approved by voters in November include $625 million for track renewal efforts, $1.225 billion to renew the power system, $570 million for repairing tunnels and other structures, and $400 million to replace the train control system and increase BART’s peak capacity.

Other projects include $135 million to replace mechanical infrastructure like stormwater treatment and fire suppression systems, as well as $210 million for station renewal programs.

The agency also plans on spending $335 million to make BART stations easier to access for bicyclists, seniors and people with disabilities as well as to design projects that will relieve crowding and reduce traffic congestion in the future.

Board President Rebecca Saltzman and director John McPartland both commented on the complexity of the plans and the need for a shorter summary of spending priorities. McPartland asked district staff about a “cheat sheet” with condensed information to share with the general public.

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