In California, two of Bay Area Rapid Transit’s largest unions went on strike Monday after an 11th-hour effort failed to produce a new contract by the deadline of midnight Sunday. Both the unions and management said they were far apart on key points including salary, pensions, health care and safety.
July 1, 2013 Commuters wait to pay their tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The walkout promised to derail more than 400,000 riders who use the nation’s fifth-largest rail system and affect every mode of transportation. Transportation officials said another 60,000 vehicles could be on the road, clogging highways and bridges throughout the region. Ben Margot/AP Buy Photo