BART Strike Averted Hours before Deadline

August 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Commuters in the Bay Area are relieved to be getting to work Monday morning after a contract crisis was averted hours before a strike deadline. "Trains will run stations will be staffed and I'm very happy to say that we've reached an agreement that will continue the trains running," said ATU President Jesse Hunt.

Union representatives and Bay Area Rapid Transit negotiated through the weekend in a last-ditch effort to avoid a walkout that would have affected some 330,000 riders.

The pact still must be ratified by BART's 900 operators and ticket agents.

A strike could have put another 60,000 vehicles on the road and created hours-long delays on freeways.

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