Transit workers in Philadelphia on strike

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) – Transit workers in Philadelphia are on strike.

A union representing about 4,700 workers walked off the job at midnight after being unable to reach a contract agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

The strike is shutting down bus, trolley and subways that provide about 900,000 rides a day.

Some officials fear that if it doesn’t end by Election Day, some voters may have a hard time getting back and forth from work and also finding time to vote.

Businesses, hospitals and schools have contingency plans in place.

The strike also will have a major impact on the Philadelphia school system. SEPTA provides rides for nearly 60,000 public, private and charter school students.

Schools will remain open but the district is expecting some late arrivals.

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