Joel spearheaded the successful eBART program, was instrumental in the Contra Costa Transit Authority’s Highway 4 widening project and made Antioch’s BART Station a reality. Joel is running for re-election to make BART more reliable, accessible, and safe for our community.
Over the course of his 24-year tenure on the BART Board of Directors, Joel has built a record of standing up for our community and finding common sense solutions to traffic congestion and BART expansion. As the BART Director for District 2, Joel represents the people of Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Oakley, Pittsburg, and some unincorporated parts of Contra Costa County. Joel spearheaded the successful eBART program, was instrumental in the Contra Costa Transit Authority’s Highway 4 widening project and made Antioch’s BART Station a reality.
Joel was selected by his colleagues to serve as President of the BART Board of Directors in 2002, 2005, and 2014. He served as Vice-President in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2012. His public service includes serving as Board member of the Association of Bay Area Governments, Delta Diablo Sanitation District, Tri-Delta Transit, Highway 4 By-Pass Authority, and Transplan.
Prior to joining the BART Board, Joel served as the Mayor of Antioch, first elected in 1984 and re-elected in 1988 and 1992. In that role, he also served as a Commissioner of the Delta Protection Commission, Chair of both the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Board, and Contra Costa Mayor's Conference.
Professionally, Joel retired as a Probation Manager for Contra Costa County in 2003 and as a Chief Deputy Probation Officer for Solano County in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and has completed 40 hours of graduate studies in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward.
Joel was the founding Chair of Delta 2000, an East County group that works to bring together non-profit organizations and empower community-based organizations. He has been the President of the Contra Costa County Leadership Board of the United Way and a Board Member of the United Way of the Bay Area. Joel lives with his wife, Laraine, in Brentwood.
Contra Costa County Building Trades Council
East Bay Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
State Senator Steve Glazer
Contra Costa Supervisor Diane Burgis
Contra Costa Supervisor Karen Mitchoff
Contra Costa Supervisor Federal D. Glover
BART Director, District 1 Debora Allen
Antioch Mayor Sean Wright
Antioch Councilmember Lamar Thorpe
Antioch Councilmember Lori Ogorchock
Antioch Councilmember Monica E. Wilson
Former Antioch Mayor Don Freitas
Brentwood Mayor Robert Taylor
Brentwood City Councilmember Claudette Staton
Concord Mayor Edi Birsan*
Oakley Mayor Randy Pope
Oakley City Councilmember Sue Higgins
Oakley City Councilmember Kevin Romick
Pittsburg Mayor Pete Longmire
Pittsburg Vice Mayor Sal Evola
Pittsburg Councilmember Merl Craft
Tri-Delta Transit Member at Large Ken Gray
Antioch School Board Trustee Diane Gibson-Gray
Pittsburg School Board Member De'shawn Woolridge
Orinda Mayor & MTC Commissioner Amy Worth
With three East Bay BART board positions on the Nov. 6 ballot, voters have an opportunity to bring some much-needed change to transit district leadership. We recommend incumbent Joel Keller in District 2, Paul Cummings in District 4 and Anu Natarajan in District 6. They provide the best hope for restoring safety, reliability and fiscal responsibility to a deeply troubled agency. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
BART data shows that more than 600 riders from Antioch, Brentwood, Bay Point, Oakley and Pittsburg are parking at the North Concord/Martinez station. I hear from riders who must get up earlier than they would like, travel longer distances and spend more time in their car just to find parking spaces. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
BART’s new East Bay extension to Antioch is already rocketing off the charts. Opened in late May at a cost of $525 million, the 10-mile link from Pittsburg to Antioch is averaging 3,800 weekday riders — well above the 2,800 BART initially estimated. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
Just one day after the ribbon cutting, passengers have already started integrating the new e-BART extension into Antioch into their commute. "I been out here about 3 months, and it's been kind of troublesome taking all those buses," said commuter Larry Allen. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
The wait is almost over for East County residents. Bay Area Rapid Transit to Antioch will open for passenger service on Saturday, May 26, 2018. To celebrate, BART will hold a community ribbon-cutting celebration on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11am at the new Antioch Station featuring free preview train rides and local entertainment. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
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