Allen, elected to the BART Board in 2016, said, "The last two years of continuous assurances that things will get better, that we're doing the right things -- that's no longer acceptable. Here we are, riders are coming back to us and saying, 'Yeah, we're even more unhappy now than we were two years ago.' We've got to move quickly. We've got to address the police positions. We've got to address the fare evasion. And we've got to figure out how we're going to close off the entrances to the stations" to non-paying riders. - KQED, January 24, 2019


21st Century Vision


Debora Allen shares the vision of Donn Emmons, the Architect for Bay Area Rapid Transit from 1964 - 1967. He had a world class vision for our community. 

On Camera





BART Director Considering Ban On Panhandlers


“What the panhandling ordinance would prohibit is people asking for money and that would have to include the street performers that, or I should say the train performers who ask for money after they perform. But it also includes people like the women who walk around with infants in slings,” said Allen.



One Board Member Wants to Put Brakes on Fare Increases


“We just raised bridge tolls, we just raised gas taxes, the average working commuter is getting hit too hard and I don’t think right now is the right time to raise our fares,” Debora Allen told KPIX 5.

“I’m saying that 12 million dollars is not critical at this time to fund into those major projects. We currently have somewhere around 700 million dollars sitting in unreserved cash and cash equivalents in our bank accounts,” Debora Allen said.


Customer Satisfaction Down But Fares May Rise


“The rider is not happy with what they get when they get on BART,” said the transit agency’s director, Debora Allen. 

BART’s every other year inflation rate fare increase is set to kick in Jan. 1, 2020 with a fare hike of a 5.4 percent and then this June, BART directors are set to OK another inflation rate hike for January of 2022. But not all on the board are on board for the hike.

“Now is not the time to do that when our ridership is still declining and our rider satisfaction is declining as well,” Debora Allen said.


Ambassador Program


BART Director Debora Allen said, "I oppose the ambassador program at this time. My fellow directors have great big hearts and they love humanity-- but it is not the right idea for BART right now. I want professionally trained police personnel." 


Many Surprising Departures


BART General Manager Grace Crunican has announced she will retire this summer. This comes about two weeks after BART's police chief also announced his departure.


Demands Accountability & Transparency


Debora Allen has been pushing for and requesting transparency & accountability since she was elected. Fare Evasion is costing BART an estimated $25-35 Million per year. Citations don't work! Police Officers and tougher fare gate systems do.



Passenger Safety for ALL Riders


Debora Allen prioritizes passenger safety and rider experience for ALL riders. 



Campaign Promises Kept


Debora Allen is an experienced business woman fighting for Suburban riders in District 1, central Contra Costa County from Martinez to San Ramon.



Where is the Money Going?


Debora Allen launched her 2016 Campaign to make BART accountable to the taxpayers and represent District 1 of Contra Costa County. Debora Allen prioritizes managing tax payer dollars to improve BART.




Rapper Tone Oliver makes up to $200 a day on busking

August 18, 2019


One director is pressing for an ordinance that would prohibit all forms of solicitation for money, from busking to begging. The idea plays well with riders who see panhandling as a sign of social disorder on the transit system. 

“In my mind, it comes down to: You’re stuck in a railcar that’s moving very fast, and there’s nowhere you can go to avoid it,” said Allen, who represents central Contra Costa County.




BART, facing big challenges, picks insider Robert Powers as new general manager

July 25, 2019


“The Bay Area is at a turning point, and our next general manager is going to have a unique opportunity to lead BART down this path of reformation,” director Debora Allen said. “The challenges we face are monumental: expansion to San Jose, train control, Transbay Tube, transit villages and, I hope, someday we address our fare gate problem, somehow.”




BART’s fare-evasion collection tally: One $95 payment on 6,000-plus tickets

June 27, 2019


“I wish I could say that I’m shocked, but I’m not,” said BART Director Debora Allen.  “I never believed that the fare inspection program was a wise investment of money,” Allen said.  Instead, she said, BART police should be issuing tickets for “fare evasion,” a low-level criminal offense that would have the hammer of court enforcement behind it.




BART’s end of the line surges with homeless as misery plays out each night

 June 24, 2019


Leaders who represent end-of-the-line areas are getting frustrated. Board Director Debora Allen is pressing for an overnight bus to shuttle people out of east Contra Costa and into central Oakland. That’s what a lot of homeless people want, too, Allen said.




Richardson appointed BART's first inspector general

June 24, 2019

Richardson's appointment helps BART "reach a new level of transparency and accountability to the riding public and the taxpayers who fund the cost of BART infrastructure and operations,” said BART Board District 1 Director Debora Allen in a press release.




BART ‘blitz’ on fare cheats gets results: More ticket sales, fewer police calls

June 7, 2019 (updated June 8)


 "They should have known how bad this problem was long ago,” Allen said. “I’m glad we woke them.”




BART fare increase isn’t a done deal; director lines up support to overturn hike

June 4, 2019


“If I’m a private business and I’m not serving my customers to their satisfaction, I can’t raise my prices because people will look for other alternatives,” Allen said.




BART eyes fare hikes of roughly 16% over 6 years as ridership slumps

May 23, 2019


"With ridership dropping and satisfaction dropping, now is not the time to raise fares at the same time that we're giving a discount," said Director Debora Allen.




CA: Flagging ridership puts BART in budget bind, raises specter of more fare hikes

May 10, 2019

"That's what I believe," said director Debora Allen after the meeting. "My analogy is that if you're not happy with your cable service, and then they come at you and raise the bill by 5 percent, the cable company is going to lose customers."




BART plans to install license-plate readers in parking facilities

April 25, 2019

SFBART safety is priority Debora Allen

“I want to be in a world where people get on a train and get to their destination without incident or drama,” said Director Debora Allen. “It’s time for us to move forward and get this done.”




Opinion:Tackling fare evasion crucial to making BART better

April 19, 2019

By Debora Allen

Tackling Fare Evasion is Priority Debora Allen

"What can a transit system do about a rider’s quality of life? It comes down to people sharing small spaces, the human behavior that occurs there and what is expected in a civil society." - Debora Allen, BART Director




Opinion: BART’s new crackdown on fare evasion long overdue

April 16, 2019

By Debora Allen

Bay Area Rapid Transit BART East Bay Times Debora Allen

"Though in place for only a week, the enforcement program is already showing promise. Total fare collections are up at the stations where officers have been positioned, and commuters tired of the constant cheating have cheered as officers have issued citations to fare evaders." - Debora Allen, BART Director




BART General Manager Grace Crunican to retire in July; surprises board

April 11, 2019

Smart Independent Leader Debora Allen

“It will be difficult to fill her shoes,” Director Debora Allen of Contra Costa County told The Chronicle. “She is a strong, direct leader. There are so many moving parts, many hidden agendas and political agendas, and I think she did a great job of balancing all the interests involved here. But I also understand that people get tired. Maybe that was just the case here.” - Debora Allen, BART Director




BART extension: It’s complicated

April 5, 2019

SFBART Debora Allen Smart Prioritizes Passenger Safety

“I wouldn’t sign an agreement unless I was given ample opportunity to read it,” - Debora Allen, BART Director




BART's Got Lots of Unhappy Customers, But Promises Better Days Ahead

January 24, 2019

SFBART Debora Allen Prioritizes Passenger Safety and Budget Management

"The last two years of continuous assurances that things will get better, that we're doing the right things -- that's no longer acceptable. Here we are, riders are coming back to us and saying, 'Yeah, we're even more unhappy now than we were two years ago.' We've got to move quickly. We've got to address the police positions. We've got to address the fare evasion. And we've got to figure out how we're going to close off the entrances to the stations" to non-paying riders. - Debora Allen, BART Director 




BART needs to fully understand fare evasion numbers

March 2019

"...there’s a bigger issue. If we can’t properly estimate the amount of lost revenue from fare evasion, we can’t really know how much to spend on solutions. Should we spend $250 million or $5 million a year on fixing the problem? That’s why I, along with BART board members John McPartland and Liz Ames, have recently called on staff to develop a concise methodology for more accurately estimating fare evasion and including the results in quarterly financial reports to the board." - Debora Allen, BART Director




Opinion: Suburban commuters’ BART parking options endangered

January 22, 2019

By Debora Allen

Suburban Commuters SFBART Parking Options Debora Allen

"New law makes it impossible to demand replacement for spaces lost to development at district stations" - Debora Allen, BART Director




Opinion: New BART housing law makes elections much more critical

October 10, 2018

By Debora Allen

Bay Area Rapid Transit Debora Allen Housing

"It is more important than ever that we elect directors who are independent from special interests" - Debora Allen, BART Director




BART Board Weighs Deficit Solutions as Ridership and Revenue Sink

March 2017

SFBART Ridership Revenue Sinks Debora Allen BART Director

"I think this board needs to remember when we ask staff to do things -- when we ask them to research things, when we ask them to go spend time on housing bills, we ask them to go develop sanctuary-in-transit policies -- we have to remember that that's a cost to this system as well," Allen said. "We have costs of the system that are in operations, but all of these other things where we sort of move off into things that don't make our trains run on time, these are costs, too, that we need to be looking at." - Debora Allen, BART Director




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