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Bart, Unions Reach Tentative 4-Year Contract Extension

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(AP) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit and three of its major unions have reached a four-year contract extension that includes raises and avoids strikes like those that frustrated commuters in 2013.

The tentative agreement announced Monday comes as Bart officials campaign for a $3.5 billion bond measure to rebuild its aging infrastructure that will be voted on in November.

The contract agreement includes a raise of 10.5 percent per employee, spread over four years.

BART General Manager Grace Cruncian says it insures "five years of labor peace."

Union members will have to ratify the contract in the next 30 days. It will then be taken up by BART's board of directors.

Nearly 370,000 riders take BART every weekday, and its 104 miles of track make it the nation's fifth-largest commuter rail system.