SEPTA strike deadline extended to 6 p.m. Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - October 31, 2009

The union had threatened to go on strike as early as 12:01 a.m. Saturday if talks with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority did not reach some accord. But Allison Cooper of Transport Workers Local 234 said Saturday the union agreed to a request from Gov. Ed Rendell that it continuing negotiations until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The new deadline would be about two hours before the start of Game Three of the Series between the Phillies and the New York Yankees.

The union and SEPTA are discussing issues related to wages, pensions and health care.

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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