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BART Managers May Operate Trains If Another Strike Occurs

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A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train sits idle at the Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 in Millbrae. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train sits idle at the Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 in Millbrae. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — As another potential strike looms, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are preparing other ways to get commuters to work, including possibly allowing managers to drive a limited number of trains.

BART management and labor leaders resumed contract negotiations last week, but little progress has been made on key issues, including wages, pensions and health care benefits.

If no deal is reached, employees could strike as early as Oct. 10, when a cooling-off period ordered by the governor expires.

BART workers struck for four and a half days in early July, leading to major traffic jams.

BART officials say they are looking into allowing managers who were previously train operators to run a small number of trains if there’s another strike.

Union leaders say that move would threaten the public’s safety.

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