SEPTA strike may pause for Election Day

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 officials want a judge to order striking transit employees to return to work Tuesday so residents can get to the polls.

The city filed a request for an injunction Sunday in state court but said it’s for Election Day only.

Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf also said Sunday he’ll file a brief in support of an injunction request filed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

A judge plans to hear motions in the case Monday morning.

City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante said SEPTA and its workers’ union must act now so residents can vote without disruption.

The union that operates city buses, trolleys and subways has been on strike since Tuesday.

SEPTA says that once a strike ends, it could be back to full service within 16 hours.

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