SF area commuters in suspense as deadline passes

TERRY COLLINS
Associated Press
SF area commuters in suspense as deadline passes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area commuters were kept in suspense after a transit strike deadline passed at midnight Monday without news from the region's major transit system or the two unions.

Negotiators for Bay Area Rapid Transit and the unions were holding down-to-the-wire contract talks as the threat of a second strike in three months loomed.

The negotiations followed weekend-long talks in which the unions extended a strike deadline before the Monday morning commute to give BART managers a 24-hour reprieve.

Throughout Monday, the transit agency urged the unions to let its more than 2,300 members to vote on management's "last, best and final" offer presented Sunday afternoon. A union leader said shortly before Monday's deadline that the unions presented a counter offer that may have led to continuing talks.