Controversial BART to Airport Being Built Anyway

Back in February, the Federal Transportation Administration revoked $70m in funding from the proposed BART airport connector over civil rights violations. Streetsblog reports that BART is forging ahead anyway and looking for other funders.

In a story reported here on Planetizen, a handful of advocacy groups filed a complaint to the FTA alleging that BART had failed to conduct an "equity analysis" to determine if the benefits of the airport connector project would be shared fairly by minority, limted English proficiency, and low-income communities. Despite the FTA's rebuke, BART is pressing forward with the project.

BART Director Tom Radulovich is a naysayer on the board. Speaking to Streetsblog, he said, "Has Title VI changed the way BART does business? As far as we can tell the answer is no. It means we have more meetings, meetings where we don't listen to people. Nothing about this process is likely to change thanks to Title VI."

Full Story: BART Moves Ahead With OAK Connecter Despite Civil Rights Violations



"Being Built" Is An Exaggeration

The story says that BART is moving ahead with the project and looking for funding. That doesn't guarantee that the project will be built, and there is still lots of opposition.

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