BART Workers on Strike in Bay Area After Marathon Talks Break Down

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OAKLAND — BART workers went on strike early Friday after a week of marathon negotiations failed to produce a settlement, causing difficulties for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters.

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Roxanne Sanchez, left, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, left, speaks at a news conference Thursday in Oakland (Credit: LA Times)

There are plans for enhanced bus and ferry service as well as expanded carpool hours, and BART will run some free round-trip buses to San Francisco, but those measures are not expected to come close to satisfying demand.

“It’s going to be catastrophic,” said Rufus Jeffris, spokesman for the Bay Area Council, a regional business organization.

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