Region Braces for Another BART Strike

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SACRAMENTO–

Amtrak isn’t striking, so why do we care if BART employees do?

“I take Amtrack to Richmond Bart from Richmond to the Embarcadaro station in San Francisco,” said Norman Ruecker.

Many Sacramentans use Amtrak to get to BART, so a BART strike will affect many’s commute.

“To get to the city they would have to be more dependent on the Amtrak buses that come out of Emeryville and go into San Fransisco,” said Nordahl.

Having to take the bus instead of BART, Richard Nordahl says, would itself take you at least 30 minutes longer. But, then you have to account for the thousands of extra cars on the road.

“It’s going to be slower both coming and going,” said Nordahl.

The last strike nearly drove these women to the edge of insanity. They say driving was brutal.

“It makes my commute longer because I commute to Oakland everyday,” said Barandi Keeton.

“It stresses me out because the traffic be bumper to bumper as soon as you get to the Y going to San Fransisco or Oakland. It’s backed all the way out,” said Kay Keeton.

For many, the delay is one thing — the added stress is another.

Some BART riders don’t support the reason for the possible strike.

“I don’t see why the unions that represent BART think they are entitled to such great benefits versus the average citizen,”said Norman Ruecker.

Transit workers warned Thursday that they will go on strike Sunday at midnight if no progress is made in the negotiations.

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