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SAN FRANCISCO -- Extra buses and ferries were pressed into service early Friday to try to
cope with 400,000 dislocated commuters after transit workers walked off
the job at midnight on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, the nation's
Transit workers struck at midnight for the second time this year
after a deadline to resolve contract negotiations passed without a deal.
officials are adding 200 free charter buses at nine East Bay station,
but concede that the extra vehicles will accommodate only about 6,000
commuters, a fraction of the 400,000 who use BART daily.
Transit officials said there will be five to 15 buses at each station running in to San
Francisco starting at 5 a.m. and out of the city beginning at 3 p.m.
The San Francisco Bay Ferry will run 12 boats instead of its normal
eight, Bay Area News reports. There will be no BART shuttle service to
the airport during the strike,
BART workers last went on strike in
July, when transportation in the San Francisco area saw severe
rush-hour delays over a four-day period.
At the center of the dispute is a disagreement over salaries and employee benefits such as health care and pensions.
development marks a reversal from earlier reports from a union leader,
who indicated both sides were moving closer in contentious labor talks
between BART and unions that have dragged on for six months.