BART adds additional buses for transbay commuters

OAKLAND (BCN)

BART has obtained additional buses to serve the West Oakland Station and transbay passengers in the second day of an employee strike, officials said Monday evening.

BART will now have 36 charter buses serving the West Oakland-San Francisco bus bridge, double the number that were available Monday, officials said.

(AP)

The buses will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will return from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

BART buses will also continue to serve the El Cerrito del Norte, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont stations from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and returning from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

BART officials said this evening that the strike is expected to continue on Tuesday, as union leaders have given no indication they intend to return to work.

No further bargaining sessions have occurred since representatives from Service Employees International Union Local 1221 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 left the table on Sunday, and none are currently scheduled.

Employees announced their intention to strike midnight Sunday, just after their contract expired.

The key issues in the talks, which began on April 1 but broke off Sunday night, are pensions, health benefits, salaries and safety.

Commuters are being advised to work from home if possible or carpool because the buses provide very limited service.

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