BART strike ends with tentative deal

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After four days of being stalled on the tracks, while hundreds of thousands of commuters were forced to seek alternate transportation, trains are going back in service.

The Bay Area Transit Strike is over.

The region’s main commuter train system, BART, reached a tentative agreement with union officials on a new contract, which still requires approval by union members.

Officials announced the deal late Monday night.

Both sides had been meeting with a federal mediator over the weekend and earlier Monday. BART officials met with the mediator to discuss the proposal by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Service Employees International Union to modify rules governing implementation of new technology but to retain control over safety-related issues.

Officials say the tentative deal includes wage increases and work rule changes that allow for input from workers. It also enhances rider and worker safety.

Trains will resume full operations Wednesday, with some in operation as early as Tuesday morning.

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