I’m running for a seat in the AC Transit Board to represent our district, Ward 3. I’m running because I would like AC Transit to provide service the way transit should be. These are my top priorities if I’m elected to the board.
First and foremost, we need to provide safe and reliable transit service to our community. Our riders need to feel safe during their entire trip, which starts the moment they leave their home to the moment they reach their destination. If elected, I plan to work with state government in implementing State Senator Dave Min’s bill (SB1161) to address hate and harassment in public spaces in California so that everyone – including women, people of color, members of the LGTBQ+ community, and the elderly — can feel safe and move about freely in our community.
I’m also concerned about the safety and well-being of our transit workers. They need to feel safe as they perform their duty. Bus drivers face numerous hazards on the job and I would like to minimize them. One safety issue that I aim to fix is the situation on International Blvd. where cars are speeding in the bus lane.
In addition to providing a safe environment, I would like to find ways to improve the reliability of our transportation service while continuing to gather data to use the most efficient technology for switching to zero emission buses. I would like to gain the confidence of our riders that they will get to their destination on time. We should also adapt transit service to meet new changes in travel due to remote work.
I would like to ensure that AC Transit can sustain itself so it can continue to provide this valuable service to our community. We need to find ways to improve our efficiency and balance our budget. Part of our funding comes from local sales and parcel tax dollars. Whenever possible, we should try to support local businesses in our neighborhood.
Public transportation is an integral part of our community. It is even a necessity for those who do not own a car or cannot operate one. We owe it to them to provide a service they can rely on. AC Transit needs to provide transit service the way it should be and, given the opportunity, this is what I aim to accomplish.