BART Strike Averted for Now

There’s no excuse to be late for work in the Bay Area now. San Francisco’s commuter BART lines will be running Monday after a Sunday-night intervention by California Gov. Jerry Brown pushed back the scheduled walkout by transit workers. At the request of BART management, Brown has created a three-member board of inquiry, which will be required to submit a written, public report within seven days about the state of the stalled negotiations. The transit workers are not allowed to walk out during those days. Brown could then impose a 60-day moratorium, which would delay a possible strike until October at the earliest. No one seemed very happy about the deal, with angry union leaders making the announcement at 10:15 p.m. and BART officials insisting that this was the only option to keep the trains rolling.