BART Strike

Commuters are relieved to see BART trains rolling.

One San Francisco Bay Area commuter says it would have been "a nightmare" if transit workers had gone on strike this morning.

Union workers and Bay Area Rapid Transit management reached a last-minute tentative deal this morning. The agreement was announced after a strike deadline and less than two hours before trains were due to start rolling. Workers reported to duty.

The contract expired last Friday, but the sides kept talking over the holiday weekend and up through this morning. The head of the union says members "are happy" to have reached a deal. And BART's general manager says the deal offers a fair compromise on "very difficult and complex issues."

Neither side would disclose details before workers vote on whether to ratify it within the next ten days. The Contra Costa Times obtained a copy of the deal and reports it calls for modest raises over four years and increased employee contributions for health insurance.