Despite having reached a deal Monday night to end a four-day Bay Area commuter-rail
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system issued a service advisory early Tuesday, warning riders to expect 30- to 45-minute delays systemwide. After the labor deal was announced 10 p.m. Monday, BART officials had told commuters to expect limited service, with full schedules not expected to be running until Tuesday afternoon.
BART General Manager Grace Crunican declined to reveal details of the deal before union leaders shared them with membership, but she did say the offer is "more than we wanted to pay."
"We compromised to get to this place, as did our union members," she said.
Union members must still vote to ratify the agreement, and the BART board must approve it. Union leaders praised it as a win for workers' rights.
The BART strike was the second to hamper travel and commerce in the region since July, when a 4 1/2-day walkout was brought to a close by the intervention of Gov. Jerry Brown, who called for a 60-day cooling-off period.
The stop-and-start negotiations between management and its two biggest unions -- Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 -- began in the spring, but negotiations nevertheless crumbled Thursday and the strike was called.
Despite the sluggish restart of service, the end of the strike was reason enough for celebration, particularly among city leaders anxious to get the system -- and the local economy -- back on track.
In a statement issued Monday night, San Francisco Mayor
"I am grateful and relieved that BART union and management leaders have finally reached a tentative agreement that ends this devastating transit strike that has negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of Bay Area working families and our regional economy," he said.