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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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July 1, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga
In Oakland, news helicopters began rumbling overhead by 4 a.m. Monday, assessing the mounting congestion on the tangle of freeways that feed the Bay Bridge because of the BART strike. Manu Sidhu, a 30-year-old research associate at UC San Francisco, listened with trepidation as traffic on the overpass near her home slowed to a standstill. Then she walked to the casual carpool pickup spot nearby and hoped for the best. “I told myself, 'I'm going to not stress out. I will pack a big bag of food.
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June 26, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles County transit officials announced a new app Wednesday that allows train and bus commuters to report crimes throughout the system. With the free L.A. Metro Transit Watch app, riders can directly call the transit unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is responsible for patrolling bus and rail lines. Riders can also fill out an online report and send it to authorities. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who is chairman of the Metro board, said the new app is the latest tool in the agency's "comprehensive effort to enhance safety for our riders.
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June 14, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The board of the Metrolink commuter rail service on Friday raised fares 5% to help close a $10.2 million budget shortfall. The hike will be effective on July 1, but monthly pass holders can expect to pay the new fares when they buy their July passes on June 25. Students, however, will be exempt from the increase. In addition, the board changed the two-day weekend pass to a one-day pass. The cost will remain at $10. The effect on riders will vary depending on the origins and destinations of their trips as well as the type of tickets purchased.
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