BART strike

Leaders at BART's two biggest unions and its top manager announced tentative contract accords Monday night as the fourth day of workers' most recent strike drew to a close.

The BART strike is entering its fourth day on Monday. Here's the latest on who's involved, what's happening and what you can do to get around.

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At Littlejohn Park, the Ala Costa after school program can accommodate 15 youths, and the program – the only one on the Island for special needs children – has another dozen on a waiting list. The program’s executive director, Ron Halog, has been seeking a bigger space in Alameda for the past few years, but has so far come up empty.

Alamedans faced long ferry lines and packed buses on their morning commute Friday as BART workers went on strike.

Updated at 11:52 a.m. Friday, October 18

BART workers went on strike Friday, shutting down the rail line after a week of late-night sessions overseen by a federal mediator failed to produce new contracts.

BART's unions said they were calling the strike over proposed changes to work rules that they said are needed to protect workers and the rail line's top manager said are needed to run BART more effectively and efficiently. Both they and BART's managers blamed each other for what both sides know will be an unpopular move.

BART trains will continue to run on normal schedules Tuesday as talks over new contracts continue, the head of the federal mediation service attempting to broker a contract deal announced early Tuesday morning.

George Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced at 1 a.m. Tuesday - three hours before a strike would have taken effect - that progress had been made in bargaining talks between BART's unions and management and that the discussions would continue for the rest of the night.

Governor Jerry Brown's request that a San Francisco Superior Court judge prohibit BART workers from striking for 60 days laid out the impacts of BART's four-day strike in July in terms of air quality, gas used and more. Here are some of the impacts of the BART strike as cited in the court filing, by the numbers.

Photo from the BART blog.

A BART strike Monday could send hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters scrambling for another ride to work. But Alameda’s commuters – especially those headed to Oakland and San Francisco – have other options. Here are some alternate commute options for BART riders and drivers seeking to avoid congestion on the Bay Bridge.

Video by Donna Eyestone.

Updated at 2:52 p.m. Monday, July 1

The morning commute out of Alameda was a quiet one Monday morning – until commuters hit heavier-than-usual traffic on freeways and over the Bay Bridge.