BART rumbles back to life, but commuters still feel a bit derailed

Those unfortunate Bay Area residents who didn’t get a post-July Fourth day off did return to the comfort of routine after a week of transit acrobatics that involved buses, carpools with strangers, cabs and ferries (a pretty ride for a pretty price, under crowded conditions).

Still, as workers trickled into the Financial District’s underground Bay Area Rapid Transit station after the heralded 3 p.m. resumption of service, they seemed downtrodden.

“I’m just exhausted and drained,” said Consuelo Lopez, 32, of Oakland, a makeup instructor who sat cross-legged in the Embarcadero station with fellow teacher Keaghlan Ashley, 23, of Alameda, waiting for a train. “It’s the stress of trying to get to work on time, of everyone upset.”

The return to normalcy may be temporary: BART management and its two largest worker unions remain far apart on key issues but agreed to extend the existing contract through Aug. 4 as negotiations continue.

Even so, there

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