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BART prepares for another possible worker strike

OAKLAND — As another potential strike looms, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are preparing other ways to get commuters to work, including possibly allowing managers to drive a limited number of trains.

BART management and labor leaders resumed contract negotiations last week, but little progress has been made on key issues, including wages, pensions and health care benefits. They're scheduled to return to the bargaining table Monday.

If no deal is reached, employees could strike as early as Oct. 11, when a cooling-off period ordered last month by Gov. Jerry Brown expires.

BART workers walked off the job for four and a half days in early July, leading to major traffic jams throughout the Bay Area. Transportation officials say a strike in mid-October would cause more disruption because fewer people are on vacation.

"There was considerable pain inflicted on the region in July ... That pain is going to be much worse in October," John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, told the San Francisco Chronicle.


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