SEPTA has unveiled its service interruption plan in the event of a strike should ongoing union contract negotiations fall flat.
Why it matters: If SEPTA workers represented by Transport Workers Union Local 234 (TWU) walk off the job, thousands of residents would be without reliable service to get where they need to go.
- The move came after union members voted to authorize a strike on Sunday, handing union president Willie Brown the ability to call a strike if negotiations fail.
Details: Under the plan, SEPTA won't run city transit bus lines or trolley and trackless trolley routes if a strike occurs.
- It also won't operate the Market-Frankford, Broad Street and Broad-Ridge Spur lines.
Meanwhile, Regional Rail service, suburban trolley routes and the Norristown High Speed line will stay in operation, according to the plan. As will:
- Suburban bus routes (although some routing and schedules will change)
- Loop through University City (LUCY)
- CCT Connect
Of note: Regional Rail will operate with more frequent service, and express trains may make additional stops, according to SEPTA's plan.
- Unused passes purchased before a service interruption will be eligible for a refund.
What they're saying: A union spokesperson said in an email that "progress" was made at the bargaining table on Monday.
- "The negotiations have been productive, and we remain hopeful that a contract agreement can be reached soon," SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch told Axios in an email.
What's ahead: The union's contract expires at midnight Sunday.
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