Newsom Reacts To News of BART Strike Within Hours -- Beating Response to Big Muni Crash By 12 Days
But who says people can't change? After the ATU Local No. 1555 held a late afternoon press conference Thursday announcing that the BART union workers would stage a strike starting Sunday night, Newsom posted his statement of disapproval on his Web site within hours. And Newsom has no oversight of BART.
"Today, I am calling on BART and the Amalgamated Transit Union to go back to the negotiating table to work out a deal and prevent a strike," read the mayor's statement. "Halting service to BART's 340,000 daily riders will hamstring Bay Area commuters, clog our freeways, and affect businesses across the region as workers and consumers are left stranded. All jurisdictions are feeling the pain of the tough economic climate and a BART strike that strands riders will only make it harder for everyone who lives and works in the Bay Area and relies on public transportation."
As far as anyone can tell, the effects of the strike on the mayor's hybrid SUV-ride to City Hall will be minimal. Unless a pair of streetcar operators, overwhelmed by the influx of surly BART-riders, lose control and create a Newsom SUV sandwich. Surely the mayor would have something to say about that.