San Francisco Taxi Drivers Also Want End To BART Strike

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Commuters are not the only ones frustrated by the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike as San Francisco taxi drivers are also hoping for a quick resolution.

With more cars on the road this week, downtown streets have been gridlocked, meaning longer trips for cabbies and fewer customers that they’re able to pick up.

Cabbie Daniel Diallo said his business is down thanks to all the extra traffic.

“That’s the downside of it is that we can’t get around as much,” he said. “Traffic has been bad during commute hours. There’s more people coming in with cars and more people leaving with cars.”

Fidel Perez said fewer fares means less cash in his pocket.

“Yesterday was good because it was a Monday. But on Tuesday, it was 50 percent of Monday,” he said.

During the strike, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been setting up taxi stands at the Transbay Terminal and San Francisco Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets to meet the extra demand for commuters being dropped off at those locations.

Ridesharing services in San Francisco, like Uber, Sidecar and Lyft, have also seen increased demand since the BART strike began on Monday.

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