Commuters work around Day 2 of SEPTA strike

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As the strike continues, many people are depending on the regional rails as a backup, which means overcrowded trains, longs line and up to an hour added to commute times. (WPVI)

It's safe to say that no one who uses SEPTA wanted to see workers go on strike, but it happened. And now here we are on Day 2.

The biggest impact, of course, is to the thousands of commuters who depend on SEPTA to get around.

Many are depending on the regional rails as a backup, which means overcrowded trains, longs line and up to an hour added to commute times.

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"It has been frustrating and upsetting," said Jose Arroyo of Olney. "And now my wife has to get up early to bring me to the train stop here. It is upsetting, and when I come out of work it is a nightmare. And the Suburban Station is a nightmare. Hopefully it is over soon."

Amelia Hernandez of Northern Liberties said, "Hectic, super hectic. I got up early to get my dad to dialysis. But I was trying to get like co-workers into work, because I know a few of them work near me. It was so chaotic. You can't get anywhere in a car, period. We were stuck at 16th and Spruce, we are at 17th and Arch. We were at 16th and Spruce for nearly an hour. You can't get nowhere."

"As commuters we always have to suffer for what SEPTA wants, and that is unfair to us," said Michelle Wilson of Olney.

"Yesterday I got to work about 6 minutes later, so that wasn't too bad," said Ryan Ives of the Fern Rock section of Philadelphia. "But it was still a very long commute - a lot of complaining, a lot of stops and a lot of delays."

One commuter sent Action News pictures Tuesday showing the inside of Suburban Station. There were lines stretching throughout the terminal.


The last time SEPTA workers went on strike was in 2009. It lasted six days.

Commuters say they don't want to see a repeat and are hoping for quick resolution.

"I hope that it is over today," said Tiffany Myers of Fern Rock. "My son unfortunately cannot go to school because I am unable to get him home. So a group of us parents are going to try and see what we can do."
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