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BART Strike Costing Bay Area Economy $73 Million a Day

July 2, 2013

The Bay Area economy stands to lose more than $73 million a day in lost productivity and commerce for each day the BART strike persists, an influential group estimated Monday.

"The strike is taking a toll," said Rufus Jeffris, a spokesman for the Bay Area Council.

The $73 million estimate refers only to lost worker productivity, according to the Bay Area Council.

"There is an additional economic impact from people who don't buy lunches or dinner or meet people for drinks because they didn't go to work," Jeffris said.

The council's estimate includes the cost associated with reduced productivity among workers delayed in traffic or forced into longer commutes on other forms of transit.

"The

Bay Area economy is suffering, along with hundreds of thousands of commuters," said Jim Wunderman, Bay Area Council president.


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Source: Copyright Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) 2013. Distributed by MCT Information Services


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