SF area commuters in suspense as deadline passes

Associated Press
A man enters the Lake Merritt BART station Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area rapid trains are running Monday morning after the transit agency and two of its largest unions agreed to extend contract talks over the weekend to avoid a strike. Tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m. after the unions gave a 24-hour reprieve from a planned midnight Sunday strike. Representatives of Bay Area Rapid Transit leaders and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 resumed negotiations shortly before noon Monday (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area commuters were kept in suspense after a transit strike deadline passed at midnight Monday without news from the region's major transit system or the two unions.

Negotiators for Bay Area Rapid Transit and the unions were holding down-to-the-wire contract talks as the threat of a second strike in three months loomed.

The negotiations followed weekend-long talks in which the unions extended a strike deadline before the Monday morning commute to give BART managers a 24-hour reprieve.

Throughout Monday, the transit agency urged the unions to let its more than 2,300 members to vote on management's "last, best and final" offer presented Sunday afternoon. A union leader said shortly before Monday's deadline that the unions presented a counter offer that may have led to continuing talks.

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