California train strike has more people driving, taking buses

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:08 PM

Terry Collins, The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area appear to be getting an earlier start than usual with the region's major commuter train line shut down because of a worker strike.

People were lined up well before 5 a.m. Friday at a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station in Walnut Creek for one of the charter buses BART was running into San Francisco. Traffic at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza into San Francisco also appeared heavier than normal for the early morning.

Workers from two BART unions walked off the job at midnight Thursday after talks during a marathon negotiating session broke down.

About 400,000 riders take BART every weekday on the nation's fifth-largest commuter rail system. The system carries passengers from the farthest reaches of the densely populated eastern suburbs to San Francisco International Airport across the bay.

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