On September 15th, the Oakland Public Works Committee questioned BART about the OAC and moved the resolution to the full Council because committee members have come to see that this project is bad for Oakland and bad for regional users of Oakland’s airport.
Make an immediate impact. Call your Council Member today to ask them to vote to oppose the OAC and FOR: (see numbers below)
- A Stronger Economy: A bus rapid transit connector would have intermediate stops and would be affordable to all Oakland residents.
- More Jobs: Reverting OAC funds back to transit agencies would create more jobs than building the OAC.
- Better Transit: A bus rapid transit connector could be as fast as the OAC, AND the money saved would stop transit service cuts throughout the Bay Area.
After spending months trumpeting Oakland’s support of the OAC, BART is now saying that Oakland’s opinion doesn’t matter:
There are three ways you can make your voice heard to the Oakland City Council:
- Join us on Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza to speak in support of the Council’s resolution and in opposition to the current Connector. RSVP and spread the word on Facebook. Note that the OAC item will be heard after the debate about parking meter times, so it’s going to be a bit of a long night. Come, fill out a speaker card and give me your number – then you can enjoy the evening and I’ll call you when our item is coming up. But whatever you do, make sure to fill out a speaker card by 8pm, or better yet, fill it out online ahead of time. Even if you’re terrified of public speaking, please fill out a speaker card because you can cede your time to someone else who could use it.
- Call your Council Member to encourage him/her to support the resolution (find contact information below). Calls are very effective, and Oakland councilmembers are usually very responsive.
- Email your Council Member to encourage him/her to support the resolution (find contact information below). If you’re too nervous to call, an email is the next best thing. Councilmembers read their own email so this is an effective means of communication.
For more information on the Connector and TransForm’s proposed alternative, please visit www.OaklandAirportConnector.com.
Rebecca Kaplan, At-Large
RKaplan@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7008
Council President Jane Brunner, District 1
JBrunner@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7001
Patricia Kernighan, District 2
PKernighan@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7002
Nancy Nadel, District 3
NNadel@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7003
Jean Quan, District 4
JQuan@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7004
Ignacio De La Fuente, District 5
IDeLaFuente@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7005
Desley Brooks, District 6
DBrooks@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7006
Larry Reid, District 7
LReid@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7007
Previous posts on the Oakland Airport Connector:
- 9/16/09: Oakland Public Works to BART: Oakland does have a stake in the OAC
- 8/11/09: Sign the Petition: Stop the Oakland Airport Connector – Demand a Better Connector!
- 7/21/09: Transportation Day of Action in Oakland Tomorrow!
- 7/17/09: Oakland Public Works Committee strongly questions Oakland Airport Connector
- 6/29/09: It’s time for the City Council to weigh in on the Oakland Airport Connector
- 6/16/09: Don Perata on Oakland Airport Connector: “Too much money for too little transit”
- 5/29/09: Oakland Airport Connector now in the hands of the Port Commission
- 5/13/09: BART staff coordinate Oakland Airport Connector astroturf campaign
- 5/8/09: Take Action: Turn Oakland Airport Connector into RapidBART
- 4/27/09: Advocates secure temporary win on the Oakland Airport Connector
- 4/22/09: BART’s brilliant plant for financing the Oakland Airport Connector
- 2/23/09: Protect Bay Area Transit: Stop MTC from Wasting Stimulus Funds