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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid TransitCandidate for Director, District 5

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John McPartland

Director, Bay Area Rapid Transit
83,473 votes (62.11%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Refurbish BART's aging infrastructure while working with other transit leaders to cooperatively expand capacity to safely accommodate present and future public transportation needs.
  • Extend BART to Livermore as soon as possible and begin planning for the future rail connection to the central valley and Northern California.
  • Monitor changing demographic needs and adjust public transit service delivery in the areas of ridership capacity, accessibility, bicycles, parking, freeway congestion and air quality.



Profession:Director, Bay Area Rapid Transit
Instructor, Adjunct Faculty, Chabot College, Hayward, CA (1985–current)
Director, BART Board of Directors — Elected position (2008–current)
Safety Specialist, Bay Area Rapid Transit (2002–2008)
Colonel, U. S. Army (Active and Reserve Duty) (1963–1999)
Battalion Chief, City of Oakland, Fire Department (1971–1996)


Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA M. P. A., Public Administration (1987)
US Army Command and Genaral Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS C. & G. S., US Army, 'Command and General Staff' (1983)
St Mary's College, Moraga, CA B. A. , Public Management, Disaster Planning (1976)

Community Activities

Volunteer Diver member, Alameda County Sheriff's Underwater Dive Unit (1971–current)
Alameda County Emergency Managers Assn., Member (1997–current)
member, Past Commander, Veterans of Foreigh Wars (1997–current)
Member, Disabled American Vererans (1997–current)


I am an Alameda County native and have been a lifelong public servant with several successful careers; going from Private to Colonel and combat veteran in the Army, from Firefighter to Battalion Chief in the Oakland Fire Department and from Safety Specialist to the Board of Directors in BART. I have enjoyed success because I solve problems, achieving goals and I am seldom satisfied with the “Status Quo”.

As your BART Director since 2008, I expanded the Earthquake Retrofit Program, reformed the Police Department, opened the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and implemented an Earthquake Early Warning System to stop trains before shaking starts (thereby preventing derailments and injuries to passengers). As a recognized authority and former California Seismic Safety Commissioner, I have presented to the White House and testified to both Congressional and California State Senate Committees on Earthquake Early Warning and Disaster Preparedness.

 I also teach safety courses at community colleges and serve on their advisory committees, am a licensed paramedic and hold multiple technical licenses and teaching credentials.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Firefighters IAFF Local 55
  • Alameda County Central Labor Council, AFL CIO
  • Democratic Party

Organizations (1)

  • Veterans from all organizations in the District: VFW, Amer Legion, DAV, AMVETS, 82nd Abn

Elected Officials (19)

  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • CA Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • Mayor David Haubert, Dublin
  • Mayor Bill Harrison, Fremont
  • Council Member Francisco Zermeno, Hayward City Council
  • Council Member Deborah Cox, San Leandro City Council
  • Council Member Laureen Turner, Livermore City Council
  • Mayor Jerry Thorne, Pleasanton
  • Vice Mayor Stewart Gray, Livermore
  • Mayor John Marchand, Livermore
  • Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, District 4
  • Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty-District 1
  • Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle-District 2
  • BART Director/VP Gail Murray
  • BART Director/Pres. Tom Radulovich
  • BART Director Robert Raburn
  • BART Director Rebecca Saltzman
  • BART Director Tom Blalock
  • BART Director Nick Josefowitz

Individuals (7)

  • Mayor Tim Sbranti (Past Mayor), Dublin
  • Mayor Robert Storer (Past Mayor), Danville
  • Mayor Tony Santos (Past Mayor), San Leandro
  • Mayor John Shirley (Past Mayor), Livermore
  • Mayor Marshall Kamena (Past Mayor), Livermore
  • BART Director James Fang (Past Director)
  • BART Director Erlene de Marcus (Past Director)

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