August 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With another possible strike on the horizon, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials unveiled a transportation contingency plan that will provide commuters with a range of options.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that transportation officials on Tuesday released a $21 million plan to provide free charter buses, extra car pool lanes and even limited train service run by managers.
If no deal is reached, BART employees could strike as early as Oct. 11, when a cooling-off period ordered last month by Gov. Jerry Brown expires.
The contingency plan is more aggressive than the one used during a strike in July, primarily because BART ridership peaks in the fall.
The plan still needs approval by BART's board of directors; unions say the plan puts riders at risk.
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