I recently purchased a small folding bicycle for $85 total. I figured that buying a folding bike is a good idea because people with regular bikes have been experiencing increasing incidents of not being able to board buses and trains due to overcrowding. Almost all of the transit agencies in the Bay Area allow folding bikes to be carried on despite the amount of room there is available for bikes.
BART trains are returning to their normal schedules after a westbound train stalled in the Transbay Tube on Thursday morning and caused systemwide delays, the agency said.
The train heading to San Francisco International Airport broke down about 8:25 a.m. and prompted BART to single-track trains around the disabled cars.
The stalled train was removed from the tube and the track reopened at 8:55 a.m.
BART officials say the system is recovering from delays of up to 25 minutes.
BART's board president says the transit agency's unionized workers are the best paid in the nation. The workers say that's flat-out false - and all summer, through contract talks that have already devolved into one strike, both sides have been trotting out numbers to prove their case.
It turns out the truth is somewhere in the middle. BART workers aren't at the top when it comes to salaries, but factor in their low-cost health care and lack of pension contributions, and they may well be among the best-off in the country, a Chronicle analysis shows.
“I’m slightly less pro-union than I was in the past, because I think unions can be so supportive of their members that they are not looking at the entire picture of society.”
“This is just another example of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer,” said Dana McMillan, 42, who was at the MacArthur BART station with her twin daughters in a double stroller. “The people working at BART are homeowners.”
So while professional folks such as the vehicle mechanics / electronic technicians might not be compensated as well, apparently the front line workers are making a killing AND with plenty of "perks" that aren't pointed out in most articles.
These guys are beyond spoiled! I found other "perks" in the Station Agent / Train operator contract (http://www.bart.gov/docs/job_descriptions/jobs/CBA/2009_2013_ATU.pdf)
- (3) PAID 15 min breaks, every 2 hours
- PAID 30 min lunch
- OVERTIME if any of above breaks are missed ( OT for missing a PAID lunch?!?)
After months of contentious negotiations, BART and its unions are still about $100 million apart on terms of a new contract, transit district officials told a state panel Wednesday.
"There are significant issues to be resolved with each individual union, as well as general issues," said Vicki Nuetzel, a senior attorney for BART.
The transit district led off the Oakland hearing before the three-member state panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to report on the issues that led to a 4 1/2 day strike in July and threatened to shut down the system again this week.
Call me crazy, but I think this guy has the right idea.
And I'm SOOO GLAD that I won't have to be a regular BART commuter anymore!!! I'll still ride it occasionally, though.
I now take Caltrain instead of BART to get to the city. I get on/off at Sunnyvale or Mountain View to save money, it I'll get on or off at Capitol, Tamien, or Diridon if I'm lazy that day. It's a tad more expensive if I get on before Sunnyvale, but Caltrain is WAY nicer, so it's worth it. I try to take a train with Bombardier equipment if I can to charge my phone up.
I support bart management 100% and want to know if there is any way for regular riders to support management during the union negotiations. Management should use profits to enhance the system's reach, safety and reliability while keeping total employee compensation in check.
Station Agent Antoinette Bryant (Salary $145,517) waddled out of the negotiations wearing her short wig and grunted and snorted through her talking points before finally announcing NO STRIKE THIS WEEK.
Looks like management won the latest round of chicken.
You assholes bitch that we are one of the highest paid transit employees in the U.S. Actually we are around the fourth or third highest paid depending on the year. No matter how much you bitch about the system, it is routinely the #1 on time performing transit agency in the U.S. That doesn't happen by magic, that happens by the people who work to keep this crappy outdated trolly system running.
As far as striking goes, none of us in the Union wanted this. Management did.
I am sure the unions and employees don't have any remorse for the harm they are inflicting on people who depend on BART to go to work. They are selfish sloths!
I encourage all of you to contact Sen DeSaulnier to jump-start legislation to prohibit public transit strikes in CA. New York, Oregon already have this in place - why not us?
I would like to hear your justification about this.
BART said Monday that it would need to raise fares 18 percent over the next three years if it gave in to union demands for pay raises exceeding 20 percent over three years.
"We would like to avoid that," BART spokesman Rick Rice said of steep fare hikes to cover pay increases.
Meanwhile, BART contract talks continued Monday in Oakland in an effort to avoid a second potential strike that union leaders have said they may call Aug. 5 if no contract agreement is reached by then. A four-day strike was held earlier this month.