The Bay Area's roads and ferries are filling this morning with
commuters trying to get around the region after BART workers went on strike
BART is running limited round-trip bus service from nine East Bay
stations, but tickets for the buses were already sold out by 7 a.m. at the
Walnut Creek and West Oakland stations, agency spokeswoman Luna Salaver said.
Salaver did not immediately have information about whether buses
were still taking passengers at the other seven stations -- El Cerrito del
Norte, Concord, Lafayette, Dublin/Pleasanton, San Leandro, Hayward and
She said only people with the round-trip tickets will be able to
board the afternoon commute buses from Howard Street between Beale and
Fremont streets in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, drivers woke up earlier than usual to travel by car
this morning, with traffic filling up the westbound highways toward San
Westbound state Highway 24 was backed up all the way to the
Caldecott Tunnel, while westbound Interstate Highway 80 was backed up to
about San Pablo Dam Road, California Highway Patrol Officer James Evans said.
Northbound Interstate Highway 880 was backed up to state Highway
238, while the San Mateo-Hayward and Dumbarton bridges also had heavier
traffic than usual, Evans said.
San Francisco Bay Ferry service began running earlier than normal
this morning with a 5 a.m. boat from Vallejo to San Francisco and one at 5:30
a.m. from Oakland to the city, ferry spokesman Ernest Sanchez said.
Sanchez said the ferries are seeing an increase of passengers but
"it's not as great as it was during the height of the July strike," when
BART's unions previously held a work stoppage earlier this year.
"It's heavier than normal but nothing extraordinary," he said.
Sanchez anticipated more crowds for the afternoon commute when
people who took casual carpools into San Francisco this morning may take
"We have good carrying capacity," he said. "We'll be fine."