Philly transit agency urges riders to plan as strike looms

A bus rounds a corner in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. With a strike threat looming for Philadelphia's bus, trolley and subway workers next week, officials are asking customers in the nation's sixth-largest transit system to start figuring out alternate ways to get to work and school. The current contract covering more than 5,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expires at midnight on Monday, and a walkout could begin at the start of service on Nov. 1.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A bus rounds a corner in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. With a strike threat looming for Philadelphia's bus, trolley and subway workers next week, officials are asking customers in the nation's sixth-largest transit system to start figuring out alternate ways to get to work and school. The current contract covering more than 5,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expires at midnight on Monday, and a walkout could begin at the start of service on Nov. 1.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – With a strike threat looming for Philadelphia’s bus, trolley and subway workers next week, officials are asking customers in the nation’s sixth-largest transit system to start figuring out alternate ways to get to work and school.

The current contract covering more than 5,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expires at midnight on Monday, and a walkout could begin at the start of service on Nov. 1.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says they’re hoping to get the word out so all riders have a plan should a strike happen.

Regional rail and service outside the city won’t be affected.

Officials with the Transport Workers Union Local 234 say sticking points include pension and health care issues.

Over 60,000 students use the system to get to and from school.

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