Morning commute light; SF Bay Area trains to run

TERRY COLLINS
July 5, 2013
FIEL - In this Monday, July 1, 2013 file photo, Bay Area Rapid Transit trains are parked at the station in Millbrae, Calif. 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. Bay Area Rapid Transit will begin operating trains by 3 p.m. PDT Friday, ending a four-day strike that crippled commutes across the Bay Area, the state's secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announced late Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Striking San Francisco Bay area rail workers are set to return to work, but not in time for the morning commute.

Commuters had to find alternatives to Bay Area Rapid Transit service again on Friday. But they appeared to get a reprieve from crowded buses and clogged roadways because of the July 4 holiday.

Traffic at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza was moving smoothly, and charter buses available at certain BART stations seemed to have ample room.

Train service was expected to resume at 3 p.m. Friday after unions and BART agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining.