BART looking to cut down on its 22 special committees 

For BART fanatics who crave details about the agency (there must be millions and millions out there), getting the latest update on how things are going has never been difficult.

That’s because the agency has 22 (!) special committees that meet regularly, with topics ranging from automatic fare collection to high-speed-rail issues. That doesn’t even include the agency’s semimonthly board meetings, which themselves features three different standing committees. Basically, if there isn’t some sort of meeting going on about BART right now, just wait, because there will be in a few minutes.

Taking heed of this explosion of meetings, the agency is looking to pare down some of the committees. It’s also reviewing ways of doing a better job of alerting the public about these gatherings.

Last Thursday, the agency’s board of directors delayed action on a proposed reduction in the committees. However, BART officials say they will continue to examine ways of cutting some of the committee fat (may I suggest axing the District Organizational Review Ad Hoc Committee?)

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