Alternatives to SEPTA during the strike

November 16, 2009 8:01:19 AM PST
Commuters still have a lot of options to help them get around, even though SEPTA's largest union is on strike.

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RELATED LINK: SEPTA's strike page Q&A page
RELATED LINK: City of Philadelphia's SEPTA strike page

For example, Sue Pringle has already found a good alternative: car-sharing service, Zip Car.

"It's instant, the car's always there, it's clean.. Insurance is paid for," she said.

Parking is free since spaces are already designated, and hourly rates are as low as $6.

RELATED LINK: Zip Car website

Nonprofit Philly Car Share is a similar service and hourly rates are as low as $4.50.

"We definitely have cars available and we'll definitely have cars available throughout the strike," said David Brown of Philly Car Share.

RELATED LINK: Philly Car Share website

Here's more good news for motorists: Relaxed regulations on certain Philadelphia streets

RELATED LINK: Philadelphia's relaxed parking regulations

When it comes to cabs, the Parking Authority is permitting shared rides and alternative cabs without meters to operate. However, fares must be based on mileage and drivers must explain the calculation at the start of each trip.

If you aren't into four wheels.. How about two? Christina Tierno rode her bike from West Philadelphia to Center City for the first time.

"Usually it takes me about 35 minutes on the bus, and I got here in 20 minutes!" Tierno said.

During the SEPTA strike, you'll find temporary bike parking corrals at City Hall, and you'll even be greeted with with free coffee and bike maps.

Patco can get you through Center City. The first Philly stop is 8th and Market and Patco will take you all the way to16th and Locust for just $1.25.

RELATED LINK: Patco website with more details
RELATED LINK: NJ Transit service for Philadelphia

And one more thing: Try asking your boss for help.

"We're encouraging employers to accommodate parking, to look at telecommuting as an option and flexible hours and schedules," said Rob Wondering of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Also, don't underestimate the power of carpooling. There some websites that can help you get organized.

RELATED: E-Ride Share website
RELATED: Carpool World website

Also, the city is offering free shuttles for city workers.

RELATED: Details for the Philly worker shuttle service

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