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Motorcoach Commuting Proves Useful in San Francisco

Posted on August 19, 2009 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

SAN FRANCISCO — In response to a possible BART strike, Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation announced this week that it can add three additional routes to its current Wi-Drive! shuttle service. BART commuters will be offered free transportation on a first-come, first-served basis.

ROUTES: In addition to the Bauer’s existing Wi-Drive! route schedule, Bauer’s IT will make three additional stops: at the Pleasanton, Bay Fair, and Menlo Park Caltrain stations. Riders can check BAUER’S WEBSITE for updated information on routes and schedules.

COSTS: This service is free to all BART riders.

SERVICE/AMMENITIES: The bio-diesel fleet of buses are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen LCD monitors, iPod hookups, phone and laptop power ports, CD and DVD systems, plush leather seating, work tables, bike racks and bathrooms. And to maximize commute enjoyment, a Ride Host is onboard at all times to offer food and drink service, which can be purchased onboard or pre-ordered through the Bauer’s Wi Drive! online ordering system.

About Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation: Founded in 1989, Bauer’s IT is revolutionizing the hybrid transportation industry, combining the luxury and safety of chauffeured transportation with the technological conveniences and environmental benefits of private, full-service individual and group transportation. In 2009, the United Motorcoach Association awarded Bauer’s IT the prestigious “Green Highway” award for its commitment to green stewardship. With a fleet of more than 120 vehicles (and growing), Bauer’s is very close to being carbon neutral and is working with corporate America to help realize this goal. Bauer’s IT provides Corporate Intelligent Transportation services for some of the largest information technology and retail services companies on the West Coast, including Yahoo!, Wal-Mart and PG&E.

LATEST STRIKE UDPATE: Oakland — BART management and union leaders reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday evening, averting a threatened strike that would have crippled this morning's commute.The two sides announced the deal less than six hours before train operators and station agents had planned to walk out and shut down the regional commuter rail system.

"It's the greatest thing for the Bay Area. It's what everybody wanted," said James Fang, vice president of BART's Board of Directors.

The deal was brokered after intense negotiations at the bargaining table and heavy lobbying by Bay Area elected officials and outside labor leaders.

Jesse Hunt, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, said there is still work to be done to sell the tentative agreement to the 900 rank-and-file members of his union, which rejected a different contract proposal last week and set the stage for a strike.

"There are no guarantees in life, but we think this is a solid, fair agreement given the economic times," said Hunt, who pledged to push hard for ratification. "I'm confident our members will do what's right for everyone involved."

A ratification vote by the union membership tentatively has been scheduled for Aug. 25, Hunt said Monday.

Sources: Bauer’s Intelligent Desgin; San Francisco Chronicle

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