No BART strike on Friday, talks to continue over the weekend

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)

A San Francisco Bay Area transit agency and its unions are set to head back to the bargaining table, as the possibility of a second transit strike in less than three months looms.

Bay Area Rapid Transit and two of its unions are expected to meet again at 12 p.m. Thursday, just hours before a 60-day, state-mandated cooling-off period that prohibited a strike expires.

If the clock strikes midnight with no agreement, BART workers could walk off the job – and thousands of commuters could be left stranded again.

The parties have reached agreement on pension contributions but are still at odds over compensation, health care and safety.

BART workers walked off the job for nearly five days in July.

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