Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Going into city: Here's what you need to know in SEPTA city strike

If you ride the regional rails into the city, slide over. It's likely about to get a tad more snug in those cars.

If you are behind the wheel and driving into the city, brace yourself. You are about to have a lot more company.

SEPTA's city division is now shut down, union worker went on strike at midnight when the two sides failed to reach agreement on a new deal.

Here are the keys that you need to know if you are headed into the city.

* None of SEPTA's city division will be running. All buses, trolleys and subways will be shut down.

* That includes the Market Frankford El, which ferries thousands every day from the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby into the city.

* Regional rails, however, will be running. You can expect those cars to be jammed. If past strike tactics hold true, many riders will go to the western-most stops to assure they can get on a train. Once full, some trains may skip spots, leaving some riders stranded.

* The Norristown High-Speed Line, which also comes into the 69th Street Terminal, will continue to run.

* Suburban buses, which are operated by a separate union, will continue to run. However those that run into the city will instead be restricted to their routes outside the city.

* The Media-Sharon Hill Trolley Line will be running.

* Some suburban bus routes will be altered so they do not enter the city. Most will continue to go to and from 69th Street, including these lines: 94, 97,

103, 105, 106, 108, 115, 124, 125, 129, 130, 133.

So what are your options? Well, if you can't make it to a regional rail stop, you could try a taxi, or experiment with the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft.

You can drive into the city, but remember key roads such as the Schuylkill Expressway and I-95 will be even more clogged than normal, and once you are in the city parking will be at a premium.

You also can bike into the city. While a cool morning commute, with chilly temperatures in the 40s, we will warm up to the low 60s later and Wednesday and Thursday will feature temps in the 70s, before showers roll in Thursday night. SEPTA has its own Strike Survival Guide. You can access it here.


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