Philly transit talks to continue Monday

November 2, 2009 5:15:09 AM PST
Talks between Philadelphia's transit agency and its largest union are set to continue Monday.

RELATED: Watch the entire SEPTA press conference with Governor Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter, Congresman Bob Brady, and union president Willie Brown.

Transport Workers Union Local 234 represents more than 5,000 bus drivers, subway and trolley operators and mechanics.

They had threatened to go on strike during the World Series. But Gov. Ed Rendell ordered the union and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to remain at the bargaining table or risk "significant consequences."

The two sides postponed a scheduled Sunday night meeting. They are now planning to meet at 10 a.m. Monday at Rendell's regional office in Philadelphia.

The union membership voted Oct. 25 to authorize a strike. They have been without a contract since March.

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SEPTA announces strike plan

SEPTA says, in the event of a strike, most services within Philly would stop, including subway, bus and trolley service. However, service in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties would continue on regular schedules.

SEPTA adds Frontier Division buses would not operate in the event of a strike.

Regional rail service will run, however, and extra lines may be added to accomodate additional riders. Those customers are asked to purchase tickets in advance.

The following services would not run in the event of a TWU Local 234 strike:

  • Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur
  • Market-Frankford Line
  • All City Transit bus, trolley and trackless trolley routes
  • Frontier Division bus routes

The following services would run in the event of a TWU Local 234 strike:

  • Regional Rail
  • Victory Division buses, the Route 101 and 102 Trolley Lines, and the Norristown High Speed Line, with modifications for buses into Philadelphia.
  • LUCY service (Green and Gold) with regular routing from 30th Street Station to select University city destinations
  • Paratransit CCT Connect service for registered ADA and Shared Ride customers.

For SEPTA's full Service Interruption Guide and other related information please visit www.septa.org/strike

Information is also available through SEPTA Customer Service by calling 215-580-7800.

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