Few Alternatives For Commuters Ahead Of Possible BART Strike

By Tim Ryan : cbslocal.com – excpert

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Bay Area Rapid Transit’s unionized employees will meet on Tuesday to vote for a strike authorization that could lead to a walkout within a week. The result, transit officials said, would become a regional transportation emergency that will have commuters looking for alternatives of which there are few…
“It’s unused seats in people’s cars that can provide the capacity that make up for 400,000 lost BART trips,” he said… (more)

But where will those cars park?

This is the perfect storm that many of us have been dreading that will prove the point that the public transit system IS NOT READY to replace cars. People cannot walk and bike to work from all over the bay. BART, AC transit, and Caltrans are all at capacity.

SFMTA spends millions of dollars on PR to try to convince the world that SF has the answer to traffic management and everyone should buy their program.

This week may prove our point that removal of parking spaces is premature, at a time when the County Transportation Authority is weighing which transit projects to finance. We hope they will NOT finance Masonic and Second Street “improvements” at this time.

Question: Will Muni add back the lines they took out during the “slow months” while the students are on vacation?

Commute Crisis Could Hit Bay Area if Labor Negotiations Fail

by KQED News Staff and Wires: KQED – excerpt

A commute crisis could hit the Bay Area next month if two of the region’s major transit agencies fail to negotiate contracts with their unions.
Labor contracts for both BART and AC Transit will expire June 30th.
What would be the impact of the strike? And how many Bay Area riders could be stranded if both agencies shut down?
Reporter Stephanie Martin spoke with San Francisco Business Times reporter Eric Young, who has been looking at what’s at stake for the region’s mass transit riders… (more)

This is the reason why we need a balanced transit approach. Without two major transit systems, there is no way people can get to work easily, and in some cases, get to work period.  This is why we need to keep all transportation options open. We sometimes MUST rely on our cars. On days with limited public transit there should be limited parking enforcement.