Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokesman Richard Maloney said Sunday he believes the two sides are "slowly but surely getting there." A union spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Gov. Ed Rendell told reporters Saturday that there had been "substantial progress" and he hoped an agreement would come quickly. He said he had told both sides to stay at the bargaining table or risk "significant consequences" of losing state support for mass transit.
Transport Workers Union Local 234 president Willie Brown also said he expected a contract "very soon." The union represents more than 5,000 bus drivers, subway and trolley operators and mechanics who have been working without a contract since early spring.
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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.