The BART strike puts a big monkey wrench into the normally well-greased morning commute around the San Francisco Bay area on Friday morning. The BART strike offered a disruptive end to the week as 400,000 commuters needed to find alternate transportation to work, according to USA Today on Oct. 18.
The deadline for a contract has passed, so BART transit workers went on strike shortly after midnight for the second time this year. Early morning traffic on the roads going into the city seemed heavier than usual. With reports saying traffic building as the prime time for the morning rush hour approaches.
Extra buses and ferries have been deployed in hopes of lightening up the surge of would-be traffic due to the BART strike. The San Francisco Ferry is running 12 boats, up from its usual eight. Starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, Transit officials had five buses at each train station running into San Francisco. They will do the same coming out of the city starting at 3 p.m. for the Friday afternoon rush hour.
The BART strike comes after a disagreement on salary and benefits for employees still cannot be ironed out. The dispute looked close to coming to an end a couple of times in the past, but to no avail. The BART and union talks have dragged on for six months now.