A BART strike could come on Friday, almost crippling the public transport system in California. According to the SF Gate on Oct. 10, there was a cooling off period before the unions could consider striking and that will end on Friday.
The conflicts between the unions and BART grew to a head in August when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the 60-day cooling off period to try to avert a strike by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555.
The unions met up with the negotiators for BART to try to work out an agreement to avoid a BART strike, and both sides said things were moving slowly. As late as Thursday night, some were warning people to start looking for alternative sources of transportation.
The last BART strike saw people turning to carpooling and networks like Lyft and Sidecar, and in many cases, people ended up getting turned around and it caused a giant mess for travelers. That makes the negotiations so important.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, there have been some last-second proposals made that could avert a BART strike for now. BART negotiators said that they hope that, with the progress made and the new proposals, that the unions would delay a BART strike to try to get this deal done and avoid a shutdown.