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[By Steven Luo | 3 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Passengers wait for an AC Transit Transbay bus in Oakland during Tuesday afternoon's BART-strike-hit commute. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Bay Area commuters faced crowded buses, ferries and freeways on the second day of the on-going work stoppage by the two unions representing BART’s train operators, station agents and mechanics.

Here’s our collection of photos of what Tuesday’s commute looked like, and what future commutes will probably resemble, until the transit district reaches a contract agreement with its unions.

Oakland, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Beat News Service | 2 Jul 2013 | One Comment]
Gates bar the entrance to West Oakland BART station, closed due to a strike. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

At the urging of the state’s labor secretary, Bay Area leaders and other politicians, BART’s two striking unions and the transit agency returned to the bargaining table Tuesday night.

However, hours of talks facilitated by a state mediator were not enough to prevent the strike from entering a third day.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 11 Aug 2009 | No Comments]

OAKLAND — The union representing BART’s train operators and station agents rejected the agency’s latest contract proposal Monday night in a surprising move that shattered union leaders’ and district managements’ hopes that a negotiated labor deal would finally be reached.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 voted down the deal 406 to 224 during a day-long voting session that brought in about 70 percent of union membership Monday. The defeat signified just how fragile the negotiated contract was and brings talks back to square one with the growing possibility that BART workers could walk off the job.