published in Silicon Valley Mercury-News, August 4, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Telecommuting isn't an option for Lori Myers, a legal secretary from Walnut Creek, if BART workers go on strike again n
The weight of the strike will fall most heavily on people like Briggs and her co-workers, said Stuart Cohen, executive director of transportation advocacy group TransForm. Lower-income workers tend to receive less flexibility from their employers and are less likely to have a car -- at least not for every person in the family.
For every two BART riders with a car available as backup, there is one commuter who lacks that option, according to a 2008 BART ridership study. That number increases in areas like downtown Oakland, where 46 percent of riders report having no vehicle to fall back on.
"If you work a retail shift, you can't just work from home, and your employer may not be sympathetic to your commute challenges," Cohen said.