Shouldn’t transit be essential?

The folks who run BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) may be going on strike, or maybe they won’t:

“In 1991, 1994 and 2009 the parties continued negotiating past the strike deadline, and a settlement was reached without a strike. The same process at least should be tried this time,” said Bernick, who formerly served as  a director of the BART transit system.

I’m sure the people who use BART find this frustrating, as do the users of any public transit system. If you want to convince people to get out of their cars then you need to guarantee that the service will be running. In the case of BART people have been fortunate, but you can’t just leave it to the whim of unions.


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