Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Bay Area transportation leaders have been drawing up contingency plans in case Bay Area Rapid Transit workers walk off the job again on August 4.
The status of the anchor rods on the Bay Bridge and an updated construction schedule for the new eastern span are set to be presented at a special meet Wednesday of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
Thousands more motorists have been crossing Bay Area bridges each day of an ongoing BART strike that started Monday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
An official from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission urged commuters to plan ahead to avoid headaches in the ongoing BART strike.
Steve Hemminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, on the BART strike, the Bay Bridge bolt fix and where alternative transit solutions stand in the Bay Area.
For those who need to find an alternate public transit option, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission has worked to ramp up service on other systems, and updates will be made available on 511.org.
That’s the question as we draw closer to when the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is supposed to open. Bad bolts have dealt a heavy blow to public trust of the new bridge. The partial collapse of the eastern span in 1989 led to construction of the new bridge with its “lifeline” designation – meaning it is designed to quickly reopen following a major earthquake.
BART is warning its passengers that there could be a strike by one or more of its employee unions in the next several weeks, but one union representative thinks that warning is premature.
KPIX 5 News will broadcast “The New Bay Bridge: Is it Safe?” on Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In addition, the special will be re-broadcast on Saturday June 29 at 5 p.m. on KPIX 5 and 7:30 p.m. on KBCW-TV 44 Cable 12.
Transportation officials said they will decide by July 10th if the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open as scheduled on Labor Day weekend.