Bay Area transportation officials Wednesday briefly discussed the existence of a good-luck troll on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge but were reluctant to provide many details about it.
Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said that money earmarked for future projects will be used to pay for the increase.
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.
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.
It was back to the bargaining table Saturday for two BART unions who announced this week that union members had voted to authorize a strike that could begin as early as Monday morning.
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.
Bay Area Rapid Transit workers embroiled in contentions labor negotiations were voting Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike when their current contract expires Sunday night.
Bay Area Rapid Transit’s unionized employees will meet on Tuesday to vote for a strike authorization that could lead to a walkout within a week. The result, transit officials said, would become a regional transportation emergency that will have commuters looking for alternatives of which there are few.
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.
The new $6.3 billion eastern portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge still “has a fighting chance” to open this year, despite concerns over structural issues, officials overseeing its construction said Tuesday.