Plans to redesign Ashby, North Berkeley BART stations discussed at community workshop

North Berkeley BART Station
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The city of Berkeley plans to transform existing swaths of parking lots at the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations into a mixture of housing, open spaces and other community amenities.

Hosted by Berkeley City Council over Zoom, the first of three sessions aiming to “re-imagine” the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations in a community-lead effort was held Monday.
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Inside of Berkeley BART station

Increased safety proposals by BART general manager underway

Starting Monday, Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, began to enhance public safety by mandating police and fare inspectors to work extra hours in the service’s busiest areas in order to “bolster their visible presence and enhance public safety,” according to a BART press release.
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Berkeley City Council approves petition to rename Ashby BART station after activist Mable Howard

Mable Howard, as described by her daughter Mildred Howard, was a leading community organiser who successfully launched a lawsuit against BART in 1968. An above-ground train would have disrupted many small local businesses — “banks, hardware stores, a shoe store, an appliance store” — and divided white communities and communities of color across the tracks.
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