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BART Strike

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(before 2003)

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers in San Francisco went on strike. They are some of the highest paid transit workers in the country. They want raises of 5% to 6%. BART managers say they can only pay a 3% raise.

BART's 93 miles of track and 56 trains serve the whole San Francisco Bay Area. None of the trains will run during the strike. Managers will not use substitute drivers.

The strike added 275,000 extra commuters to the rush hour traffic. Rush hour took 6 hours instead of 2 hours. There were not enough parking spaces for all the cars.

People used many ways to get into San Francisco. They formed car pools. They rode buses. They took ferries.

Union leaders and BART managers were trying to settle the strike. They met with the mayor. They talked all night. But after three days they still had not settled the strike.

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