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Your SEPTA Strike Survival-Guide

Here's what you need to know if SEPTA buses, subways and trolleys stop

SEPTA Strike Threat Looms

NBC10's Cydney Long explains why a SEPTA strike will bring an inconvenience to all types of SEPTA riders. (Published Friday, Oct. 31, 2014)

Regular city service for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) could come to halt Monday if talks between the largest transit union and the transit authority don't significantly progress.

SEPTA and about 5,000 Transport Workers Union (TWU) employees that operate and service the buses, trolleys and subway trains within Philadelphia remain at odds over pensions. The union claims managers get more pension benefits while the rank-and-file worker makes more contributions.

TWU Local 234 leader Willie Brown and SEPTA officials have met each day this week after the union authorized a strike over the weekend.

If negotiations fail, about 900,000 daily transit riders will be left scrambling to find new ways to get around to work, school, appointments or other places.

Brown said riders would get 24 hours' notice of a walkout, a statement SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams praised. The earliest the union said that a strike could happen is Monday.

What to Know

Here's what SEPTA riders need to know if a strike occurs:

You will not be able to use:

  • Market-Frankford Line
  • Broad Street and Broad Ridge Spur Line
  • City transit buses
  • Trolley and Trackless Trolley routes

You will be able to use:

SEPTA Strike Negotiations

[PHI] SEPTA Strike Negotiations
NBC10's Matt Delucia reports on the efforts being made to avoid a SEPTA strike.
(Published Friday, Oct. 31, 2014)

  • Regional Rail Lines
  • Norristown High Speed Line
  • Some suburban bus and trolley service
  • CCT Connect

According to SEPTA, Regional Rail lines are the best travel option during a service interruption.

Williams warns that suburban service, especially lines operating out of the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, depend on UTU Local 1594 employees staying on the job.


Riders who decide to use Regional Rail can park at regional rail train stations for $1-$2, though spaces will likely fill up quickly.


SEPTA Union Workers Get 'on Strike' Signs Ready

[PHI] SEPTA Union Workers Get 'on Strike' Signs Ready
As SEPTA TWU Local 234 Union leader Willie Brown continues to negotiate pension plans with SEPTA, union members left a meeting with "on strike" signs in hand in case they go on strike starting next week.
(Published Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014)

Riders who purchased transit passes before a service interruption may receive full or partial refunds for unused passes.

Alternative Transportation

Bicycles: If you commute four miles or less, a bicycle may be your best option, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCOG). During the 2009 SEPTA Strike, bicycling jumped 38 percent, according to the BCOG. And a lot of the stranded SEPTA riders who chose to bike, were women. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one. Click here for some rental company names and numbers from the BCOG.

SEPTA Strike Threat Remains

[PHI] SEPTA Strike Threat Remains
Still no breakthrough! The SEPTA strike threat remains alive as the union and the agency continue to negotiate pension details. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has the latest.
(Published Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014)

Cars: If you don't own one, you can rent one through any of the car rental companies. Most are located at Philadelphia International Airport. Some have satellite offices at other locations. You can also explore car sharing. offers hourly car rentals and there is EnterpriseCarShare.

Carpools: You can lean on family and friends first, or you can hop online and find someone to carpool with. One service that helps match up people is Share-A-Ride is another program that helps match you with a carpool, but the turnaround time is two business days.

Cabs:Click here for's list of Philly cab companies.

Possible SEPTA Strike Looms Over Commuters

[PHI] Possible SEPTA Strike Looms Over Commuters
NBC10's Rosemary Connors is in Old City at the Wyndham Hotel, where both sides are trying to work out their issues for a threatened SEPTA strike. A strike would impact about 900,000 daily riders.
(Published Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014)

UBER: UberX might currently be in limbo but Uber black car service is just a click away.

SEPTA will be posting updates about the ongoing labor union negotiations on its website. Additional information, including a full service interruption guide is available via mobile download here.

And the @SEPTA_SOCIAL team will be troubleshooting via Twitter and updates.

SEPTA Union Considers Striking Monday

[PHI] SEPTA Union Considers Striking Monday
SEPTA and union leaders are back at the bargaining table hoping to work out a contract deal. But many SEPTA riders, including about 60,000 students who rely on the transit agency to get to school, are worried by the potential strike that could stop trains and buses as early as Monday.
(Published Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014)

The union's last strike in 2009 lasted six days.