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The time has come to rebuild BART

The time has come to rebuild BART

By Nicholas Josefowitz, originally published in the San Francisco Examiner on March 29th, 2016 When BART was built in the late 1960s, it was the

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BART OKs art program for stations

Originally published in the Contra Costa Times

By Andrew McGall   OAKLAND — Where BART riders now see plain gray walls and expanses of concrete, artists see a canvas waiting for inspiration,

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BART to ease crowding in new budget

Originally published in SF Examiner

BART riders suffering through overcrowded trains may see some small relief in coming months, as the agency’s newest budget may add up to 30 trains at peak hours.

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About Nick

Nick Josefowitz was elected to the BART Board on November 4, 2014. Director Josefowitz represents District 8, which includes portions of San Francisco. Prior to running for BART Board, Nick launched RenGen Energy, a company that developed and built renewable energy power plants. Nick quickly grew the business, building over $100m of solar power plants and providing thousands of homes and businesses clean electricity. He worked closely with communities and local governments to create consensus and generate well-paying local jobs.


A lifelong Democrat, Nick has been fighting for a just and sustainable future ever since he first knocked on doors for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in college. He was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco’s Environment Commission, and helped bring low-cost loans to San Franciscans looking to upgrade their homes to make them more comfortable and energy efficient. Nicholas has pressured the city to plan for significantly improved speed, reliability and frequency of buses on Geary Blvd, and co-authored an influential review of Caltrans, the state transportation agency, which identified structural issues in the organization that encouraged urban sprawl and led to poor performance. The report spurred much needed action in Sacramento.


While serving on the Board, Nick has been focused on rebuilding an aging BART system from the ground up, primarily with the Measure RR campaign. Measure RR will keep BART safe and reliable by replacing over 90 miles of broken track, updating an out-dated train control system and fixing important infrastructure that will allow BART to increase capacity, run trains faster together, reduce crowding, keep cars off the road and protect our environment. He’s also worked on massively increasing housing development around our stations, including building more affordable housing, by passing an aggressive new transit oriented development policy and staffing up that department. Nick worked on making it easier and safer for folks to get to BART stations (especially walking and biking), by passing one of the most ambitious station access policies in the country and creating key new positions to execute the policy. Nick also helped BART set a target of being the first transit agency in the country to be powered by 100% renewable energy, passed a new sustainability policy and created the position for BART’s first sustainability director, drove the passage of BART’s first art program to improve rider experience and created a position to drive the arts program, divested BART from coal, and passed BART’s first open data policy.


In addition to his BART service, Nick also serves on the Board of Directors of Capital Corridor and on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) where he is working on reducing highway congestion and eliminating deaths and serious injuries from our roads across the region. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), working to expand ferry service on the San Francisco Bay, as well as coordinating the water transit response to regional emergencies. Nick is also on the Oversight Committee for the City’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure. Nick’s commitment to world-class public transportation is grounded in his family, and his community. He volunteers with numerous non-profit and community groups — serving on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the California League of Conservation Voters, the Executive Board of SPUR, Generation Citizen Bay Area and as the founder of Leadership For a Clean Economy. Nick  graduated from Harvard. He lives in Pacific Heights with his wife Tali, whom he met in college. In their spare time they like exploring the city on foot, and cooking for each other and friends.


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