Longtime BART board member Bob Franklin will give up his seat and drop out of the race for Oakland City Council so he can take a job with the rapid transit district.

Franklin, of Oakland, announced Friday that he will soon take a job at BART as its manager of access -- a post concerning how commuters get to BART stations. He will make about $125,000 a year.

Because his term runs out at the end of the year, the BART board can leave his position vacant until the Nov. 6 election or appoint someone to fill out the last few months of his term.

Franklin was elected in 2004 to represent BART District 3, which encompasses Moraga, Orinda, Piedmont and San Lorenzo, and parts of Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington and Albany.

Franklin had declared his intention to run for Oakland City Council, but he said Friday he would not have the time to work at BART and serve on the Oakland council.