Welcome to a new reality, Philadelphia. After months of talks between SEPTA bosses and TWU Local 234 workers, and weeks of social media speculation about a possible #SEPTAstrike, the Halloween deadline came and went without a contract agreement. City transit workers temporarily walked off their jobs shortly after midnight.
Several hundred thousand transit riders across Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley today have encountered delays, blocked alternate routes, and other frustrations on their commutes into and out of the city.
Increased car traffic put many Center City streets in gridlock on Tuesday, and we can expect even more delays and irritation as the afternoon and evening wears on. As negotiations continue, SEPTA and TWU Local 234 have not at present yet come to an agreement.
Misery loves company, and whether you’re a stranded transit riders or an exasperated driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian, we all have this SEPTA strike in common. So share with us your SEPTA struggle stories, be they personal woes or concerns about transit workers or general gripes. Follow the hashtag #SEPTAStruggle on Twitter. We’ve gathered a collection already below.
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