Oakland. On Monday, she instead walked an extra block to a "casual carpool" spot
beneath Highway 24 where drivers wait to pick up at least two riders -- enough
to get in the carpool lane heading to the Bay Bridge.
"It's a slight inconvenience but I think it's worth it," Ciabattari said. "I support workers' rights."
Harrison Sen, 24, who works in San Carlos, was waiting for a coworker to pick him up to drive him to their construction job.
"This kind of sucks," he said. Usually "I leave at 4 p.m. and get home around 6 p.m., but it's probably going to be 7 or 8 p.m. tonight."
Rental cars and taxis
Bay Area ride services Uber, Lyft and Sidecar said they put as many drivers as they could on the road and jumped on social media networks to recruit commuters who needed to get to work.
By 9:30 a.m., Sidecar reported a 40 percent increase in rides over last Monday, and had increased the number of drivers on the road by 50 percent, said Margaret Ryan, vice president of communications.
"In times of crisis, this is when alternative transportation services like Sidecar are at their best," Rachael King, national social media manager for Sidecar, wrote in a blog post on the company website.
Avego, a Website and app that helps Bay Area commuters set up carpools, is offering an even faster way for commuters to get home Monday afternoon -- a helicopter. The company is partnering with a local radio station to give four East Bay residents a helicopter ride home from San Francisco at 6 p.m.
With many car rental sites in San Francisco already booked solid through the Fourth of July weekend, stranded commuters were unable to make last-minute reservations.
Zipcar, the car-sharing service and car club, didn't appear to be an alternative for Bay Area commuters, as several lots around San Francisco remained full. Most Zipcar customers use the service, which has a membership fee and per-use charge, to run errands or drive to meeting during the work day -- but not for getting to work.
Staff at the Avis and Budget rental site in the city's SoMa neighborhood, however, were worried that heavy traffic during the afternoon commute would delay car returns. That, one employee said, would mean cars may not be ready for customers with reservations tonight or tomorrow morning.
Monday was supposed to be the first day of a four-month pilot program that would allow bicycle commuters on BART during commute hours, adding another layer of frustration for bicycle advocates.
Robert Prinz, education director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, however, said he was happy to see lots of bicyclists being accommodated on San Francisco-bound ferries leaving from the Jack London Square terminal in Oakland.
"There are more bikes than usual and that's good to see," Prinz said. "When it's jam packed like today, we suggest people bring a bungee cord to secure their bikes on the boat."
Emma Deboncoeur, a UC Berkeley summer school student who usually takes BART from her West Oakland home, rode to school and was slightly sweaty in the warm weather as she parked her bike.
"Well I'm from Berkeley so I'm OK showing up to class smelly and sweaty," Deboncoeur said.
City of Oakland workers were also on strike Monday but were set to return to their jobs Tuesday.
At a community rally, city and BART workers stood together in solidarity. Presidents from the SEIU and ATU chapters spoke to those gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland and received cheers and applause.
"We stand in solidarity with every working family member that is on strike," Bryant said. "We are on strike today for respect, for safety, for fair labor practices and for our families."
Bryant asked those in the crowd to remove four quarters from their pocket, after which she told them this is what BART had offered workers as a pay raise. The announcement received a chorus of boos from the crowd gathered.
The BART strike comes a day after the rail line's busiest Sunday ever. The agency carried more than 276,000 one-way trips on Sunday, beating the previous record of 259,000 trips set during the 2012 gay pride parade.
Staff writers Denis Cuff, Mark Gomez, Peter Hegarty, Theresa Harrington, Aaron Kinney, Kathleen Kirkwood, Brittny Mejia, Joshua Melvin, Eve Mitchell, Karl Mondon, Doug Oakley, Matt O'Brien, Thomas, Peele, Josh Richman, Heather Somerville and Jeremy Thomas contributed to this report. Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705. Follow him at twitter.com/RosenbergMerc.
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