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August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A water main break in Simi Valley could mean delays for morning commuters. All traffic westbound toward Tierra Rejada Road at Madera Road is being diverted by police, and northbound and southbound traffic on Madera should expect delays, said Simi Valley police Sgt. Jeff Dominick. Authorities have been blocking westbound traffic there since Tuesday evening, he said. Madera is one of the area's main roads to the 118 Freeway. The cause of the rupture was not immediately known.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A traffic collision involving a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer briefly shut down the interchange from the eastbound 10 to the northbound 110 freeway during Tuesday morning's rush hour. The officer notified dispatch of the accident about 7:50 a.m., said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. The officer was taken to a local hospital for a possible leg injury. The injury was not considered life-threatening, Madera said. The California Highway Patrol had opened one lane on the freeway interchange by 8:30 a.m. with additional lanes expected to open later in the morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Fresh off a reprieve from Gov. Jerry Brown, who stepped in at the last minute to avert a BART strike, Bay Area commuters must now contend with the possibility of losing their bus service. Drivers and mechanics at a major East Bay bus district are threatening to walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down all service and leaving 181,000 riders in the lurch. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 delivered its strike notification Monday to the AC Transit board of directors, less than 24 hours after Brown's intercession kept Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers from striking for a second time.
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August 4, 2013 | Times Staff Writer
Bay Area commuters Sunday night were anxiously awaiting word about whether BART workers would go on strike at midnight. Negotiations were continuing into Sunday night between transit officials and unions. There were some signs that progress was being made.  "There's definitely movement on both sides," Tom Hock , BART's lead negotiator, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We'll go on as long as we have to go. " The talks could extend beyond midnight if there are signs of a possible deal, the Chronicle said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
A fiery tanker crash Saturday at the interchange of 5 and 2 freeways left key parts of the freeways closed Monday, making morning commutes more tortuous in northeast Los Angeles. Commuting times for some drivers quadrupled Monday morning, according to data provided by traffic-tracking company Inrix. Some portions of the route have since reopened , but the company said drivers should expect similar delays Monday evening. Drivers headed north on the 5 Freeway between 10 Freeway and the 2 Freeway had it the worst Monday morning, Inrix said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Kate Mather
Calls of a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport flooded into 911 dispatchers from seemingly everywhere after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 went down. One caller saw the smoke from the burning wreckage while driving north on the 101 Freeway. Another, a man who was hiking near Pacifica, said he heard a "giant explosion" and wanted to report a plane crash. One passenger calmly told a dispatcher he was on the plane. "Our airplane just crashed," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - When commuter trains rumbled back to life here Friday afternoon after a crippling five-day strike, the mood was less than jubilant. Those unfortunate Bay Area residents who didn't get a post-July Fourth day off did return to the comfort of routine after a week of transit acrobatics that involved buses, carpools with strangers, cabs and ferries (a pretty ride for a pretty price, under crowded conditions). Still, as workers trickled into the Financial District's underground Bay Area Rapid Transit station after the heralded 3 p.m. resumption of service, they seemed downtrodden.
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July 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- Commuters breathed a collective sigh of relief Friday at news that Bay Area trains would start running again at 3 p.m., after a crippling five-day strike. The announcement offers only a temporary reprieve, however. Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two largest worker unions remain far apart on key issues, but they agreed to extend the existing contract through Aug. 4 as negotiations continue. Frazzled commuters responded with gratitude. “Thank God,” 21-year-old Mary Miers said as she waited for an express bus from Oakland to San Francisco on Friday - and  gritted her teeth when a full one blasted past without stopping.
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July 1, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Workers in two of Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions were on strike Monday morning, halting service for an estimated 400,000 passengers who use the nation's fifth-largest rail system each weekday. SEIU Local 1021 spokeswoman Cecille Isidro said workers began their strike across the Bay Area around 2 a.m. Monday after the final trains were put to bed. From a picket line at the Lake Merritt station in Oakland, she said the union expects that a majority of workers will take part in the strike.
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July 1, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
BART will offer free parking and limited charter bus service to the thousands of commuters affected by Monday's worker strike. Bay Area Rail Transit workers began forming picket lines early Monday morning after the last trains were put to bed. Union workers and BART management could not come to an agreement late Sunday. Contracts expired at midnight. More than 5,000 city of Oakland and BART employees are expected to strike throughout the day. “BART management threw in the towel tonight and pushed away from the bargaining table hours before the expiration of union contracts," SEIU Local 1021 said in a statement.
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