MTC Offers Suggestions To Reduce Commute Stress During BART Strike

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — An official from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission urged commuters to plan ahead to avoid headaches in the ongoing BART strike.

“Commuters in particular are creatures of habit and old habits have to be set aside,” said John Goodwin, spokesperson with the MTC.

Goodwin added that casual carpooling was one area that he said needed improvement.

“We’re hearing a lot of casual carpool locations have willing drivers who are waiting a long time,” he said.

BART will offer bus shuttles from four stations to San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal including El Cerrito Del Norte, Dublin, Walnut Creek and Fremont. They may add buses, but services will end at 8 a.m.

“What we found was the travel time to get from those four stations to West Oakland was greater than we anticipated. We want to make sure that we have the bus drivers available to work in the afternoon as well to get people home from San Francisco back to the East Bay,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin also suggested skipping the peak commute hours and leaving earlier or later.

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