With a new workweek getting under way and no end to the BART strike in sight, Bay Area commuters set their alarms early again and set out on buses and ferries to make the long journey to work.
A marathon bargaining session between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two biggest labor unions that began Wednesday morning lasted all night and was continuing Thursday, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
A naked man in his 20s who sat on railroad tracks Thursday morning at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara caused brief train delays before being restrained and taken to a hospital, a police spokesman said.
Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were back on schedule after major delays throughout the system Wednesday morning, according to BART personnel.
The brand-new, seismically-safe eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was open for the first workday commute Tuesday and the California Highway Patrol reported things went smoothly for the morning drive.
After what was a challenging Thursday for many in the region, struggling to get to and from work, errands and other obligations without the benefit of the Bay Bridge, plenty of people opted for a Friday off, leaving the roads, ferry terminals and BART platforms especially “Friday light.”
The closure of the Bay Bridge led BART to have the third-highest daily ridership total in its history on Thursday, agency officials said on Friday.
The five day closure of the Bay Bridge is set to start on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., but the California Highway Patrol is warning drivers who want to cross the span not to wait until the last minute.
All lanes have reopened on northbound Interstate Highway 680 in Sunol Friday afternoon, more than seven hours after a truck hauling mail tipped over, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.
BART service was getting back on track after a train lost power in the Transbay Tube earlier Wednesday morning, causing major delays.