Rafferty Urges SEPTA, Transit Workers to Reach Agreement, Avoid Strike

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John C. Rafferty, Jr., urged the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 – which represents over 4,700 SEPTA City Transit Division operators, mechanics, trade specialists and maintenance custodians – to expeditiously reach an agreement on a new contract before tonight’s midnight deadline.

Rafferty said he hopes negotiations can lead to a prompt agreement between both parties to mitigate the severe transportation hardships that could impact more than 400,000 riders.

“SEPTA’s bus, trolley and subway routes serve hundreds of thousands of residents and commuters in the Philadelphia region, which is a vital link to our transportation system and economy in southeastern Pennsylvania,” Rafferty stated.  “I urge both parties to work together to find an agreed-upon negotiation quickly to avoid a partial system shutdown that will affect residents, commuters and businesses.”

Additionally, Act 89 of 2013 – the state’s multi-billion dollar, multi-modal transportation investment plan – continues to dedicate needed resources across the state to improve the interconnected transportation system, including SEPTA.  Rafferty reminded SEPTA that Act 89 was passed with broad bi-partisan support to ensure a working public transit system, among other transportation modes.

SETPA has posted a Service Interruption Guide online at http://www.septa.org/service/interruption/2016-guide.html and will also be accessible through the SEPTA homepage at http://www.septa.org.

In the event of a transit service interruption, the following service will not operate:

  • Market-Frankford Line
  • Broad Street Line (and Broad Ridge Spur)
  • All City Transit Bus, Trolley and Trackless Trolley Routes

The following service will operate:

  • All Regional Rail Lines – All Regional Rail service will operate according to the current published schedule times
  • Suburban Transit: Bus and Media/Sharon Hill (101/102) Trolley routes and the Norristown High Speed Line will operate; however, the routing and scheduled service for some of the buses that normally travel into the City will change.  Customers who use those Routes should consult the Suburban Transit information on the Service Interruption site.
  • LUCY (Loop through University City)
  • CCT Connect: Regular service will operate for registered ADA and Shared Ride customers

CONTACT:  Nolan Ritchie (717) 787-1398