Though the BART strike on Monday was bad news for commuters, it could have been worse.
AC Transit workers, who had threatened to also go on strike, decided to continue talking despite the union contract expiring.
The union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, sent out a news release early Monday morning saying that buses are still rolling though the old contract expired Sunday night.
At least temporarily, representatives of both management and ATU have apparently agreed to disagree while continuing negotiations for a mutually acceptable labor resolution. Their actions have averted a walkout by bus operators and mechanics, delighting 174,000 daily bus travelers who would have been stranded throughout the East Bay with no way to get to the Peninsula and San Francisco.