SF area commuters in suspense as deadline passes

San Francisco Bay Area commuters kept in suspense as transit strike deadline passes

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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)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A major San Francisco Bay Area transit system will continue to run train service after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks past a midnight deadline.

Bay Area Rapid Transit unions had said they would go on strike Tuesday if they didn't reach a contract deal by midnight Monday after extending stalled negotiations from over the weekend.

The possibility of a strike loomed as the unions gave management a 24-hour reprieve from what would've been the second strike in more than three months.

BART workers walked off the job for nearly five days in July. That strike resulted in traffic jams and long lines for buses.

BART is the nation's fifth-largest rail system. It serves about 400,000 riders each weekday.

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