Judge grants Bay Area transit strike reprieve

by The Associated Press
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Officer of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department (r) stands outside a BART train while passengers board in San Francisco.

Officer of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department (r) stands outside a BART train while passengers board in San Francisco. (AP image)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A judge has signed off on Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for a 60-day cooling-off period in talks between the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its unions, giving San Francisco Bay Area commuters a reprieve from a potential train strike.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow ordered BART and its unions on Sunday morning not to threaten or engage in a strike for 60 days. Karnow had indicated that he planned to issue the order at a hearing earlier in the morning.

BART trains will now run through at least midnight on Oct. 10. BART and its unions are expected to continue negotiating during the 60-day period.

In his order, Karnow said a BART strike would significantly disrupt public transportation services and endanger the public’s health, safety or welfare.

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