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San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail service resumes

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FIEL - In this Monday, July 1, 2013 file photo, Bay Area Rapid Transit trains are parked at the station in Millbrae, Calif. Commuter rail service is resuming Friday, July 5, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay area after unions called off a strike, agreeing with the transit agency to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining. Bay Area Rapid Transit will begin operating trains by 3 p.m. PDT Friday, ending a four-day strike that crippled commutes across the Bay Area, the state's secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announced late Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By TERRY COLLINS

The Associated Press

First published Jul 05 2013 07:22AM
Updated Jul 5, 2013 04:38PM

OAKLAND, Calif. • Commuter rail service has resumed in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said 35 trains were put into service at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dozens of commuters were lined up awaiting the first trains at the West Oakland station after nearly five days without service due to the strike.

BART and its two largest labor unions agreed to an extension of the current contract. Both sides repeatedly said they were far apart in efforts to reach a new deal.

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