Philadelphia commuters hit clogged roads on strike’s Day 4

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) – Commuters are hitting clogged roads, jumping on bikes and organizing carpools as the Philadelphia’s transit strike enters Day 4.

Transit workers hit the picket lines again Friday morning as no contract agreement was reached overnight.

On Thursday, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority asked for assurances from the city’s striking transit union that it will suspend its walkout on Election Day if no contract agreement is reached by then.

The agency says it will go to court to try to force transit employees to work on Nov. 8.

The head of the Transport Workers Union local says SEPTA should focus instead on reaching a settlement.

The union’s 4,700 workers walked off the job after midnight Monday, shutting down transit service that provides about 900,000 rides a day.

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