San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail service resumes

San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail service resumes

July 5th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Bay Area Rapid Transit trains are parked at the station in Millbrae, Calif., July 1, 2013 file photo. Commuter rail service is resuming Friday, July 5, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay area after unions called off a strike, agreeing with the transit agency to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Commuter rail service has resumed in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said 35 trains were put into service at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dozens of commuters were lined up awaiting the first trains at the West Oakland station after nearly five days without service due to the strike.

BART and its two largest labor unions agreed to an extension of the current contract. Both sides repeatedly said they were far apart in efforts to reach a new deal.