Philadelphia transit talks ongoing, 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) – Philadelphia’s main transit agency says contract talks are continuing with a union that says it will strike at midnight Monday if a contract agreement is not reached by then.

The union represents about 4,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. A walkout would halt bus, trolley and subway lines that provide a total of about 900,000 rides each weekday.

A SEPTA spokeswoman says negotiations are progressing but there are many “unresolved issues.”

SEPTA encourages union representatives to continue talking past midnight Monday if necessary and workers to remain on the job if they do. The agency is telling transit riders they still should prepare for a possible serious service disruption.

Officials are worried if a strike lasted through Election Day it could keep some Philadelphia residents from voting.

The union says it could have an update soon.

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