BART strike snarls commute for 2nd day

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Traffic heading to San Francisco on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was jammed this morning as a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers entered its second day.

Lines for ferries and buses appeared even longer than on Monday, and BART said charter buses it was running at four stations reached capacity before 7 a.m. and could not accommodate additional passengers.

Workers representing two of BART’s largest unions went on strike after talks with management broke down on Sunday. No new talks have been scheduled.

The striking unions and management reported being far apart on key issues including salary, pensions, health care and safety.

Transit authorities have made accommodations to help, including longer carpool lane hours, additional ferries, and extra buses. BART doubled the number of buses serving West Oakland to 36 on Tuesday.

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