BART trains will be running again beginning Friday afternoon after the transit district and its striking unions agreed to a 30-day extension of the current contract.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, representatives from BART and the two unions that went on strike Monday announced that workers will go back to their jobs and trains will begin rolling by 3 p.m. Friday. BART will continue to run its bus service Friday morning.
The decision came at the request of state Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and state mediators.
Regular train service to 400,000 daily riders in the Bay Area will operate during the monthlong extension, officials said. But the contract dispute is far from over. When asked how many contract issues remain to be resolved, Morgenstern could only chuckle.
"I don't have that much time," he said.
For the past four days, mediators have been trying to bring the two sides together, but finally agreed Thursday that it was more important to get the trains running.