Expect More Bay Area Traffic Gridlock This Weekend



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 18, 2013

Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say they expect the strike, that started this morning, to continue through the weekend.

"Unless our unions call off the strike which at this point does not sound like it's going to happen."

BART's Alicia Trost says although the trains aren't operating, they do have charter buses running from nine stations. 

"The buses on Saturday are going to run from 6 AM to 9 AM so you really have to show up right at 6 AM to get a ticket and then it's a round trip, it'll get you back home from 3 PM to 6 PM. And on Sunday those buses are operating from 8 AM to 11 AM and then brings you home at 3 PM to 6 PM."

But Trost says those buses will be packed with people who work in San Francisco such as nurses and hotel and restaurant staff.

Most of the ferry services have added boats and transportation officials have expanded the hours that carpool lanes will be enforced on the freeways.

Trost recommends the 511 website for more travel tips.

Officials with Amtrak's Capitol Corridor say Capitol Corridor trains may carry more riders than usual, resulting in less available seating on board. Because of rail equipment demands, Amtrak is unable to add additional coaches to trains or increase service to accommodate extra ridership.

 

 

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