Tran­sit work­ers in Philadel­phia on strike

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Tran­sit work­ers went on strike early Tues­day in Philadel­phia, shut­ting down bus, trol­ley and sub­ways that pro­vide about 900,000 rides a day and rais­ing fears a pro­longed walk­out could keep some vot­ers from the polls on Elec­tion Day.

A union rep­re­sent­ing about 4,700 work­ers went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Tues­day af­ter be­ing un­able to reach a con­tract agree­ment with the South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity.

Some of­fi­cials fear that if the strike is not ended by Elec­tion Day, some Philadel­phia res­i­dents may have a hard time get­ting back and forth from work and also find­ing time to vote.

Busi­nesses, hos­pi­tals and schools be­gan pre­par­ing last week for a pos­si­ble tran­sit shut­down.

The strike will have a ma­jor im­pact on the Philadel­phia school sys­tem though it will re­main open. SEPTA pro­vides rides for nearly 60,000 public, pri­vate and char­ter school stu­dents.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A SEPTA bus rounds a corner in Philadel­phia. Tran­sit work­ers went on strike early Tues­day in Philadel­phia, shut­ting down bus, trol­ley and sub­ways that pro­vide about 900,000 rides a day.

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