SEPTA, TWU Reach Agreement; Strike Ends

It will take about 24 hours for full service to be restored as 4,700 CIty Transit Division employees get back to work.

Buses, subways and trolleys will roll again starting this morning

Buses, subways and trolleys will roll again starting this morning as the six-day SEPTA City Transit Division strike has ended. | Photo by Flickr user Perry Quan

SEPTA and Transport Workers Union Local 234 have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract, bringing a six-day city transit strike to an end.

SEPTA Board Chair Pat Deon announced the agreement at 5:15 this morning.

“We believe this agreement is fair to our employees, and to the fare-paying customers and taxpayers who fund SEPTA,” Deon said in a news release. “It provides for wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs.”

Service will be phased in over the course of the day today as more than 4,700 TWU Local 234 members return to work on SEPTA’s City Transit Division. Service will resume first on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, with bus and trolley routes coming back into service gradually over the course of the day. Full service is expected to be restored by the start of the service day on Tuesday.

No further details on the terms of the contract have yet been released. Philadelphia magazine will keep you updated on further developments.