Limited BART train service began about 6 a.m. today after unions and BART management reached an agreement to end the four-day old system-wide strike.
But news of the settlement came late last night and many workers apparently didn't get word of the agreement in time to report for work on schedule this morning. As a result, although stations opened, there were few trains at the start of the morning rush hour.
Full restoration of service is expected in time for the afternoon commute, BART general manager Grace Crunican said.
This morning, BART riders continued to get onto shuttle buses that BART and Wheels continued to provide at the East Dublin/Pleasanton station.
Freeways also were crowded in the early hours with many BART riders driving into San Francisco either not aware the strike is over or frustrated by waiting for trains that had yet to show up.
Expanded HOV hours are in effect non-stop today from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-80, I-880, I-680, and Bay Area toll bridges, according to the California Highway Patrol.
BART management and two of its unions announced a tentative agreement Monday night, ending the four-day strike with partial train service.
Contract negotiations resumed Monday afternoon after service was suspended when workers walked off the job Friday. The walkout was the second
this year, after contentious negotiations resulted in a four-day strike in July.
Management and union leaders from Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 worked with a
federal mediator to reach the tentative agreement, which still must be approved by BART's Board of Directors and put up for a vote by the two
The unions submitted a new contract offer Sunday night that included concessions related to work rules governing the use of technology but in the proposal union members "insisted on retaining work rules" that protect safety.
Flanked by politicians in Oakland Monday night, union leaders and BART management announced the end of the strike that snarled Bay Area traffic
and flooded alternative public transportation.
"This has got to be the last time this happens. I think everyone's fed up, no one wants to see this happen ever again," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said, adding that the new contract "sets a course to deal with grievances so they don't fester and create the kind of distrust" that led to the protracted negotiations over the last few months.
Newsom said that the details of that would be revealed over the coming days and weeks, but few other details of the agreement were revealed.
"This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but it is also a new path for our partnership with our workers," Crunican said. "We compromised to
get to this place as did our union members.