Bay Area transit officials are hoping for an easier evening commute after a rash of vehicle crashes clogged roadways on the first day since a BART labor deal ended a four-day strike.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system struggled to get enough employees back on the job in time to restore rail service early Tuesday. Trains had initially been scheduled to start running at 4 a.m., but even at 6 a.m., BART was warning commuters of up to 45-minute systemwide delays.
As of 11 a.m., the possible delays had been shortened to 20 minutes as more trains were brought online. BART officials said they hoped to have the whole system restored in time for the evening commute.
BART spokesman Jim Allison told KGO-TV in San Francisco that the lack of adequate staffing occurred because of the "short turnaround between the time the tentative agreement was reached and when we begin service."
For some commuters, though, four days without rail service had been enough for permanent change.
Daniel Bradford told KCBS radio Tuesday that he heard the trains were running again, but he was sticking with the San Francisco Bay Ferry, which had increased capacity after rail service was shut down.
"Because of my commute experience yesterday using the ferry, I've decided to switch to the ferry," he said.