In a memorandum to city and regional leaders, BART General Manager Grace Crunican expressed disappointment that negotiations failed.
"I am very disappointed that even after six months of day after day, night after night intense negotiations we are still unable to reach a deal," Crunican said. "It hasn't been all for nothing, we were able to make progress but a large gap remains."
"(Last Thursday), I gave an updated final offer to the unions on behalf of the board. It reflects the limited progress we've made over the past four days of work and it addresses the essential work rule efficiencies BART desperately needs to modernize our operations.
"The package is a 3% raise per year for a total of a 12%, with a chance to earn up to $1,000 a year if ridership grows. It calls for contributions of
4% for pension and 9.5% for medical. I think the offer is good for the workers and good for BART. We've given our unions until October 27 to
consider the offer and take it to a vote of the members.
"I appreciate the riders' and the Bay Area's support in standing by us during these difficult negotiations.
"We are not going to agree to something we can't afford. We have to protect the aging system for our workers and the public.
"Thank you to the mediators that were involved, BART staff, and Caltrans for their hospitality.
"We gave it our all and it didn't come together and that is disappointing to everyone involved. We have a lot to do to build the future: a new fleet
of rail cars, modern stations, better access, and a stronger partnership with our unions. I believe we can get there, but we have to get there