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12:51pm

Wed December 4, 2013
Transportation

Unions sue BART over contract dispute

Ashby BART station in Berkeley
Isabel Angell

BART’s biggest unions, SEIU 1021 and ATU 1555, are suing the BART Board of Directors and the district’s management over what BART is calling a “clerical mistake” in their new contract. The unions say management is trying to backtrack.

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8:16am

Fri November 15, 2013
Transportation

Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Could Hit $8

The Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza
Isabel Angell

According to projections, within five years, a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge could cost as much as $8. Officials say it's a necessary trade-off, as tolls help subsidize the area's ferry and bus service.

The board for the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District is meeting this Friday to discuss the toll increase, which they say is necessary to offset a $142 million budget shortfall over the next five years.

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1:47pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Transportation

Talks continue between AC Transit, union after Governor Brown stops strike with cooling-off period

People boarding an AC Transit bus during the October BART strike
Isabel Angell

Talks between Bay Area bus agency AC Transit and the union that represents its drivers and dispatchers are continuing after California governor Jerry Brown stopped halted a strike last week with a 60-day cooling-off period. ATU Local 192 had been threatening a strike that would shut down bus lines across the East Bay from Richmond to Fremont.

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10:20am

Tue October 29, 2013
Transportation

BART permanently lifts rush hour bike ban

A sign reminding riders not to bring bikes on crowded BART trains
Isabel Angell

The Bay Area's transit agency voted unanimously last week to lift the long-standing ban on bikes aboard trains during rush hour. After the five-month pilot program ends on December 1st, bikes will be permanently allowed on all BART trains, at all times. 

Previously, riders couldn’t bring bikes onto most trains during peak commute hours. There’s still some restrictions: bicyclists aren’t supposed to board crowded trains, and bikes are never allowed in the first car, or the first three cars during rush hour.

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7:52am

Tue October 22, 2013
Transportation

BART strike is over, tentative agreement reached

John Arantes of SEIU 1021 announcing that the October BART strike is over.

The BART strike is over and trains are running again after a four-day work stoppage. Unions, management, and local politicians announced a tentative agreement late Monday night.

After more than six months of negotiations and two strikes that infuriated workers, BART and its unions have a deal.

John Arantes, BART chapter president of SEIU 1021, said the strike was not about money.

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