As the BART strike got under way this morning, AC Transit—which is embroiled in its own labor dispute—provided extra service between the East Bay and San Francisco to help bridge the gap for commuters, a spokesman said.

AC Transit buses carried an unusually high volume of passengers, and spokesman Clarence Johnson said it was at least double the normal number of riders at some locations.

Some AC Transit staff volunteered at key BART stations from Union City to El Cerrito to assist with crowd control and provide directions to those who needed help.

“I don’t think you can overstate their efforts,” Johnson said.

The thousands of passengers were cleared from a bottleneck in downtown Oakland by 9:30 a.m.

“Our operators did a magnificent job under some stressful conditions that will likely persist until BART returns to its normal service,” AC Transit General Manager David Armijo said in a statement. “The operators and the staff volunteers are commended for stepping up at a time when their services were so badly needed.”

AC Transit management continues to meet with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 to work toward a new labor agreement with the agency’s bus operators and mechanics. The latest contract expired on Sunday.

The union has mentioned the possibility of an AC Transit strike but said it will give 24 hours’ notice before beginning a strike.

Zack Farmer, Bay City News

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  • calaveras

    horsepucky.
    AC transit refused to drive their busses into the BART terminals. I and many other passengers at Fruitvale station had no clue that the stop had been moved, or where to. There was nothing posted in the Bart terminal at Fruitvale. Eventually we found an AC transit employee with a clipboard. But they told us the wrong corner. So we missed the next bus!
    I imagine others had similar experiences.

    • http://gohlkusmaximus.com/ gohlkusmaximus

      The AC Transit website stated before the strike that they would move their bus stops that go into BART stations, in case of a strike, and they updated it July 1st: http://www.actransit.org/2013/07/01/in-the-event-of-a-bart-disruption/

      • calaveras

        uh, ok, that page exists. How on earth would I have found it?

        I was all over 511.org and AC transit’s sites the day (and night) before.

        Nothing like that page popped up. I couldnt find any link to it from the front page. Though admittedly the AC transit site is in need o a redesign. By a person, not a committee!

        Whatevs. It’s petty and pointless. Though I am sure a logical argument could be constructed to support it. It is asinine to expect people who catch the AC transit from various Bart stations on a regular basis to either find that webpage, or find the moved stops. Fruitvale terminal especially serves a lot of folks that rely on those busses to get to jobs. Not necessarily transbay ones at that.

        • http://gohlkusmaximus.com/ gohlkusmaximus

          It was linked from the front page news links, but they were below the fold. Glad the strike is over (for now)! Cheers.

  • calaveras

    horsepucky.
    AC transit refused to drive their busses into the BART terminals. I and many other passengers at Fruitvale station had no clue that the stop had been moved, or where to. There was nothing posted in the Bart terminal at Fruitvale. Eventually we found an AC transit employee with a clipboard. But they told us the wrong corner. So we missed the next bus!
    I imagine others had similar experiences.

    • http://gohlkusmaximus.com/ gohlkusmaximus

      The AC Transit website stated before the strike that they would move their bus stops that go into BART stations, in case of a strike, and they updated it July 1st: http://www.actransit.org/2013/07/01/in-the-event-of-a-bart-disruption/

      • calaveras

        uh, ok, that page exists. How on earth would I have found it?

        I was all over 511.org and AC transit’s sites the day (and night) before.

        Nothing like that page popped up. I couldnt find any link to it from the front page. Though admittedly the AC transit site is in need o a redesign. By a person, not a committee!

        Whatevs. It’s petty and pointless. Though I am sure a logical argument could be constructed to support it. It is asinine to expect people who catch the AC transit from various Bart stations on a regular basis to either find that webpage, or find the moved stops. Fruitvale terminal especially serves a lot of folks that rely on those busses to get to jobs. Not necessarily transbay ones at that.

        • http://gohlkusmaximus.com/ gohlkusmaximus

          It was linked from the front page news links, but they were below the fold. Glad the strike is over (for now)! Cheers.