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SEPTA Strike: What You Need to Know

TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown announced SEPTA workers would go on strike after failing to reach a contract agreement midnight on Monday. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016)

What to Know

  • Negotiations continue to avert a potential SEPTA strike.

  • SEPTA's current contract expires at midnight on Monday and a walkout could begin at the start of service the next day.

  • SEPTA released a contingency guide to help customers plan in case of a strike which would affect Philadelphia bus, trolley and subway lines.

UPDATE: The SEPTA union announced they were going on strike after no agreement was reached Monday at midnight. CLICK HERE for new details.


Negotiators for the city's transit system, the nation's sixth-largest, and for 5,700 unionized workers failed to reach agreement on a new contract before a midnight Monday strike deadline.

A strike by city bus, trolley and subway workers began Tuesday since no agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority was reached. Still No Deal as SEPTA Strike LoomsStill No Deal as SEPTA Strike Looms

We're less than 24 hours away from a potential SEPTA strike. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas has the details as well as how the city is preparing for the possible strike.
(Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)


SEPTA released a Service Interruption Guide for customers in the event of a strike. CLICK HERE to read it.


"At this hour, talks are ongoing," SEPTA Media Relations Director Carla Showell-Lee wrote in a released statement Monday. "We’ve heard from Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney and other elected officials – they’re all encouraging us to remain at the bargaining table and get a deal done. SEPTA fully agrees with that approach, and we continue working toward that goal. At this time, discussions have been progressing, however, there are still many unresolved issues. We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached if both parties remain engaged at the bargaining table."

SEPTA said last week that transit officials hope agreement can be reached but urged all riders to come up with alternative plans should a strike occur, and the company released a contingency guide to help customers plan. SEPTA City Commuters Brace for Possible Strike in PhillySEPTA City Commuters Brace for Possible Strike in Philly

Riders of SEPTA's City Transit system, including buses, trolleys and subway lines are all keenly aware of a possible Nov. 1 halt to the system. The transit agency has also been preparing alternatives for its tens of thousands of daily commuters.
(Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

A strike would affect Philadelphia bus, trolley and subway lines but not regional rail lines and service in areas outside the city. The city system's daily weekday ridership is about 800,000 trips, or about 400,000 people. More than 60,000 public, private and charter school students use the system to get to and from school. Monday night, the Philadelphia School District announced schools and offices would remain open Tuesday regardless of whether or not there is a SEPTA strike.

Union officials have said the two sides are divided by pension and health care issues but also have highlighted non-economic issues such as schedules, break time and driver fatigue. SEPTA Strike Threat LoomsSEPTA Strike Threat Looms

As the possibility of a SEPTA strike gets closer, SEPTA management and the transit agency’s largest union will meet for negotiations Monday. NBC10’s Pamela Osborne has the details.
(Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

In 2014, union members ratified a two-year contract that averted a threatened walkout by bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics. In 2009, a strike by SEPTA workers lasted six days.

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