Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to start on Sept. 7, during which time Level 1 will remain open. Levels 2 through 4 will be open during Phase 2, and parking will also be available in the surface lots throughout construction.
BART officials said in a statement that "there will be ample parking for current ridership levels during the closure." Staff will monitor the parking situation and "if additional spaces are needed, the closure will be adjusted accordingly up to and including a shift to night work to enable full parking in the garage during the day."
To welcome back passengers to public transit, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is offering free rides on all Wheels busses for the entire month of September.
"In past years, Wheels has offered a two-week free ride program for students," officials said in a statement. "This program expands the Try Transit to School program to a full month and includes all passengers, not just students."
Rides on the Wheels Dial-a-Ride Paratransit service are also included in the month-long fare promotion. Three other East Bay transit systems — County Connection, Tri Delta Transit and WestCAT -— are also offering free rides, while BART is offering a special 50% off promotional rate for all fares paid with a Clipper card through the end of the month.
Riders are required to wear face masks at all times while riding on public transit. For more information, visit wheelsbus.com.
Former Pleasanton Unified School District cabinet member Luz C?zares was recently appointed to serve on the Oakland school board.
A longtime figure in K-12 education around the Bay Area, C?zares has spent nearly two decades working for regional and national school districts on matters of school finance and business. C?zares will replace Chris Learned, who retired from the Oakland Unified School District Board of Trustees at the end of June after serving for approximately four years.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the children and families of Oakland as the next trustee," C?zares said in a statement. "I have dedicated my career to eliminating the racial predictability of success in our school systems. I bring that dedication to this new partnership with OUSD's board as they face critical and difficult policy decisions and with OUSD's senior leadership as they redesign and refine the system needed to meet that goal."
C?zares is a former chief business leader for PUSD, which she departed from in 2015, and also acted as OUSD's interim chief financial officer during the 2019-20 school year. C?zares' appointment date took effect on Wednesday (Sept. 1).
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