September 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Bay Area Commuters Ready To Roll Again

Compiled From Wire Services

The San Francisco Bay area’s commuter rail system was ready to roll again this morning after a weeklong strike by union workers idled trains and created traffic nightmares for commuters.

Bay Area Rapid Transit trains haven’t run since Sept. 6, the day before 2,600 transit workers walked off the job in a wage dispute. Management and the unions reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract early Saturday.

Commuters endured monumental traffic jams and packed buses last week, when commute times double and tripled for many as riders tried to find other ways of getting to San Francisco. BART handles about 275,000 riders a day during the work week.

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