A state court in Philadelphia has rejected SEPTA’s request for a injunction that would have ended the four day transit strike.
This is an ongoing story. Last updated 10:38 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
State court rejects SEPTA’s request for an injunction that would have ended the strike.
Contract negotiations are expected to continue Saturday
The line for the Warminster train at Jefferson Station at 5:35 p.m. (Tony Sadowski/WHYY)
A Court of Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has rejected SEPTA’s request for a injunction that would have ended the four day transit strike tonight.
#septastrike no injunction right now- septa didn’t show immediacy. Not enough evidence. Will hear again Monday at 930 on election injunction
— PlanPhilly (@PlanPhilly) November 4, 2016
That reference to Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. is SEPTA’s next chance to argue that the court should intervene and end the strike because it could prevent voters from reaching the polls. The issue is a major concern for both national and local Democratic Party officials because they are counting on Philadelphia’s heavily Democratic voter base to help deliver the state for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to send Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty to Washington.
There is still the possibility that this strike could end if a contract agreement is reached this weekend. SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 234 met Friday night and are expected to continue talks over the weekend.
— Sean Kardon (@seankardon) November 4, 2016
What you’re saying on Twitter
lsb 8:12 p.m. “@PhillyMayor please extend polling hours now. Even if #septa ends the strike it’s still going to be a mess!
ƃol 9 8:19 p.m. “Hey @SEPTA if you’re on strike does that mean I can park in your bus zones?”
Mizzuz Freeze 6:08 p.m. “@SEPTA_SOCIAL media elwyn isnt calling out stops. Causing ppl who don’t usually catch the train to miss their stops.”
Baby Bear 5:07 p.m. “I just drove past one of the SEPTA stations and these mfs are having a cookout, blasting Temperature by Sean Paul”
brittany weaver 4:56 p.m. “longest train ride ever! never again!! #septa”
Cat Martin 4:38 p.m. “Angry with @SEPTA. Their suit against TWU234 today isn’t about public welfare or the election. It’s about union busting #septastrike”
(James)on Voorhees 4:09 p.m. “@SEPTA_SOCIAL it would be amazing if you could make your signage and directions in jefferson even more confusing next time you strike”
— Michelle Weber (@michellebweber) November 4, 2016
On SEPTA’s website and app you can see real-time updates on whether your train will be leaving late. The train schedule is called TrainView and displays the estimated time of arrival.
What’s not operating:
SEPTA city bus routes, trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36, the Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line.
What is operating:
SEPTA Regional Rail Lines,the Norristown High Speed Line, Trolley Routes 101 and 102 and Suburban bus routes, CCT, LUCY, and Routes 204, 205, 310 and Cornwells Heights Parking Shuttle.
Check SEPTA’s guide for service interruptions here.
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