Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sick Transit: Are you ready for Day 2?

The regional rail lines were supposed to be the silver lining in the ugly playbook of a shutdown of SEPTA's city services - with all buses, trolleys and subways in the city off the rails.

How's that working out for you, rail riders?

As usual, most people managed to get into the city Tuesday morning. Many packed onto the regional rails. But the morning commute is more staggered than the afternoon rush, when offices empty out and all those commuters try to get onto outbound trains at the same time.

Many regional rail riders reported massive headaches last night as they tried to get out of the city and back to their suburban homes. Not helping much was a move by SEPTA union members to push their picketing, making it impossible for some SEPTA crews to reach their trains.

The result was about what you might expect.

Call it Mess Transit.

In the meantime, the normally bustling 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, where commuters converge every day to catch the Market Frankford El into the city, was something like a ghost town.

Here's our take on our suburban commuters fared.

Here's a reminder on what is running and what is not.

And here is our editorial on the secret weapon in the effort to reach a new deal and end this strike. If anyone can pull this off, it's U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the kind of the labor deal makers.

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