BART Workers Strike, Commuting Headaches

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Source: NBC Bay Area

Commuters began to wade through traffic snarls, hop on buses or ferries, or opted simply to stay home as two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s largest unions went on strike, halting train service for the first time in 16 years.

No BART trains ran on Monday, and the walkout derailed the more than 400,000 riders who use the nation’s fifth-largest rail system and affected every mode of transportation. Transportation officials say another 60,000 vehicles could be on the road, clogging highways and bridges throughout the Bay Area. Early Monday, that was true in parts of the Bay Area, especially Insterstate Highway 580 westbound.

Before the sun came up, union members marched around the BART station near Oakland’s Lake Merritt, and one picketer, Ron Smith, called the unusual strike very “unsettling.”

The news could have been worse, though, AC Transit workers, who also planned to possibly strike on Monday, did not. Lines snaked around corners at 20th and Broadway in Oakland about 8 a.m. as commuters were trying to board AC Transit buses to get to work.

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