What to Know
- SEPTA officials say regional rail cancellations are subsiding after service was disrupted Tuesday due to strike activity.
- A spokeswoman announced that train crews were eventually able to gain access to the train facilities that were previously blocked.
- Check SEPTA’s website and Twitter to find a full list of canceled trains.
SEPTA officials say striking city transit workers are no longer preventing regional train crews from reporting to work.
SEPTA announced Tuesday afternoon that pickets were blocking access to some facilities where regional rail train crews report to work. SEPTA officials said this led to the cancellations of more than a dozen trains that take commuters to the suburbs. They also said the dispute caused systemwide rush hour delays.
SEPTA spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee later announced that train crews were eventually able to gain access to the train facilities that were previously blocked after obtaining a court order.
RRD: Significant number of trains to be canceled tonight; several rail yards blocked by TWU strike activity. Seek alternate means.— SEPTA (@SEPTA) November 1, 2016
"Cancellations are subsiding, however, significant delays are expected to continue through rush hour system-wide on Regional Rail," she wrote. "SEPTA obtained an injunction in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court that allows train crews and other employees to report to their assigned work locations within the City of Philadelphia. While TWU strike-related demonstrations are permitted, the injunction bars picketers from interfering with Regional Rail service. SEPTA hopes this will ensure that incidents like those that disrupted service today will not happen again."
The union said it wanted to both protect its workers' free speech and assure full access to regional rail facilities.
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SEPTA workers went on strike early Tuesday in Philadelphia, shutting down bus, trolley and subways in the city. Earlier SEPTA reported some Regional Rail trains – a service not stopped by the strike – were delayed or canceled all together as passengers packed onto trains.