OAKLAND, Calif. – Commuter rail service resumed Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.
Thirty-five trains were put back in service in time for an expected light evening commute, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said.
Frances DeLoach of Oakland was among the dozens of commuters who lined up at the West Oakland station for the first trains to San Francisco after nearly five days without service.
DeLoach, catering supervisor at AT&T Park, was excited that she didn’t have to drive and pay as much as $50 to park, and could take the time to focus on preparing her staff before the Giants-Dodgers game.
The current contract between BART, the nation’s fifth-largest rail system, and its two largest unions will be extended for 30 days after expiring earlier this week.