Transit agencies scrap BART strike plans

August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Caltrans and the Bay Area's bus and ferry systems had created a costly back-up plan for the threatened BART strike and some of that money has already been spent.

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Transit officials were going to increase AC transit service, add another HOV lane near the Bay Bridge and double the number of ferries working between Oakland, Alameda and San Francisco.

The plans were cancelled, but it was too late to call back dozens of extra ferry workers.

"They were called and so for the next two days already people were committed to working those two days for the strike," said ferry captain Randy Woods.

The California Highway Patrol says it was able to cancel its call for dozens of off-duty officers to report to work for the strike.

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