"Today, I am calling on BART and the Amalgamated Transit Union to go
back to the negotiating table to work out a deal and prevent a strike,"
read the mayor's statement. "Halting service to BART's 340,000 daily
riders will hamstring Bay Area
commuters, clog our freeways, and affect businesses across the region
as workers and consumers are left stranded. All jurisdictions are
feeling the pain of the tough economic climate and a BART strike that
strands riders will only make it harder for everyone who lives and
works in the Bay Area and relies on public transportation."
far as anyone can tell, the effects of the strike on the mayor's hybrid
SUV-ride to City Hall will be minimal. Unless a pair of streetcar operators, overwhelmed by the influx of surly BART-riders, lose control and create a Newsom SUV sandwich. Surely the mayor would have something to say about that.