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McPartland elected BART board president for the next year

BART Director John McPartland of Castro Valley was elected the BART Board president Thursday. He will hold the rotating position for a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011
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BART to give out free train tickets at festival Thursday

BART is rewarding 5,000 people with free tickets – each good for $6 worth of  fares – at an environmental fair in San Francisco from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to promote public transit. The BART Blue Sky festival will be held at Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero station. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
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Transit workers behaving badly? Did they do really do that?

Running a public transit system is dependent on the labor of many workers, but what happens when one of those workers goes rogue.

 Read about a San Francisco Muni worker allegedly punching a teenage girl in San Francisco, and misdemeanor charges being filed against a BART train operator for allegedly making lewd advances to a female passenger he invited into his cab on a moving train. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009
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Who took biggest hit from 6-day Bay Bridge closure?

You can’t put a price on the aggravation of being stuck in traffic. That comment from a Bay Area transportation official become the theme of my story today about the toll on the region from a six-day closure of the Bay Bridge for emergency repairs.

And much as that statement is true, we at the newspaper tried to take an admittedly crude stab at the cost of that aggravation. Our estimate: $7.5 million. This was based on an assumption that motorists who cross the Bay Bridge were delayed an hour a day in their commuting. Read how we made the estimate.

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Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009
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How did the Bay Bridge closure affect you?

We invite our readers to post comments below about how the Bay Bridge closure affected them during the five and a half days the span was out of service. 

Did the closure change your travel plans? Did the closure try your patience? Was it understandable Caltrans took so long to fix a Labor Day repair that failed Tuesday? Do you feel comfortable traveling on the bridge after the repairs are finished?

Let us know below, and if you leave your name and city of residence, we may use excerpts of comments in a news story.



Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009
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The BART fix: Can police department change after Grant shooting?

In the saga of BART’s response to the police shooting of unarmed train rider Oscar Grant III, a few things seemed destined to happen.

First, the transit board members said publicy they were sorry about the shooting. This was in early January during the board’s first meeting after passenger-shot videos showed a transit officer shooting Grant in the back as he lay prone on a station platform. The office has since resigned and been charged with murder.

Then yesterday the board promised to fix the transit police department. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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Can a strike be averted? BART talks to resume at 1 p.m.

Negotiations between BART and its second biggest union will resume at 1 p.m today in an effort to avert a planned strike Monday morning, Jesse Hunt, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union announced this morning.

This will be the first face to face negotiations since the union for station agents and train operators announced Thursday that they plan a strike in response to the BART board’s decision to unilaterally impose a contract on the union. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, August 15th, 2009
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High noon nearing on BART labor conflict

The risk of a BART strike is on the verge of increasing significantly later today.

The BART board appears poised to impose contract conditions on a union for train operators and station agents later today after the employee group’s leaders late Wednesday night rejected what BART management called its last and final offer. Leaders of the union have threatened to strike if their pay and work rules were imposed on them, and two other BART unions have said they would respect the picket lines even though they have ratified BART’s contract offer.

The BART board will take up the contract issue in a special meeting 11 a.m. today on the third floor of the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, 344 20th St., Oakland. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009
Under: BART, Misc. Transportation, rail | No Comments »

BART contract nearing vote by unions

A strike threat hanging over BART like a dark cloud for weeks has lifted mostly with a tentative contract settlement reached Friday. But the deal needs to clear an important hurdle: ratification by three different employee unions in separate votes.

If that doesn’t happen, then riders may need to dust off those contingency plans for commuting. As Yoga Berra said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
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BART contracts extended, more time to reach deal

BART riders can breath a little sigh of relief with the news late last night that BART agreed to a 9 day extension of its old labor contracts, which were due to expire midnight Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, June 28th, 2009
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