BART is a vital form of transportation around the Bay Area that serves an average of 400,000 commuters each day. Many of us rely exclusively on BART to get to and from work. Last year, BART Union workers went on strike twice within a four month period due to failed contract negotiations between BART management and BART union leaders. The strikes, which each lasted for four days, shut down all BART train services, leaving thousands of individuals without a viable way of getting to and from work. The strikes also led to increased traffic congestion, traffic accidents, pollution, and had a significant impact on public health and safety. The first of the two BART strikes also cost the Bay Area at least $73 million a day in lost worker productivity.