November 01, 2016
Thousands of public transit commuters are out of luck and mad as hell in Philadelphia. SEPTA's buses, subways and trolleys are all temporarily out of commission after Transport Workers Union Local 234 went out on strike when the clock struck 12:01 Tuesday morning.
The city has been through this twice before in recent memory, including a seven-day strike in 2005 and a six-day shutdown that stalled the system in 2009. In its 50-year history, SEPTA has had more work stoppages than any other transit agency in the United States: 1977, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2009, 2014 and now 2016.
Center City was gridlock through rush hour Tuesday morning, Uber and Lyft were rolling, and cyclists weaved their way through the mayhem as frustration and uncertainty set in.
On a stressful Tuesday morning, here's what people have been saying about the #SEPTAStrike on Twitter. We begin with a song.
You're looking at the owner of a brand spankin new Uber account. #septastrike— Elizabeth Fiedler (@EAFiedler) November 1, 2016
60K philly school students depend on Septa to get to school. #septastrike How is it OK to have no real plan to get students to school?— Robin Stevens (@DrRobinStevens) November 1, 2016
Okay but telling commuters to "find alternative means of transportation" is the the furthest thing from a contingency plan #septastrike— Katrina Joyce (@inkscribbling) October 31, 2016
Do remember that SEPTA workers are asking for the same benefit conditions as SEPTA management. #SEPTAstrike— Matthew F Taylor (@The_MFT) November 1, 2016
Were the cops on Broad St. this AM for a politician or just to keep Philadelphians from killing each other during the #septastrike?— karla gibbs (@noodleandthepea) November 1, 2016
You see a #septastrike, we see flashbacks of our parents forgetting to pick us up from soccer practice. Verdict: still not cool, mom.— Kid Goggles Podcast (@kid_goggles) November 1, 2016
Rode my bike in today for the 1st time. feeling energized thanks #septastrike for the free workout.— lauren ryder (@LaurenJRyder) November 1, 2016
It's almost like the whole point of a city is for you to live close to where you work 🤔🤔🤔 #SEPTAstrike— Jeremy Zimmerman (@Jeremy_Zim) November 1, 2016
Only thing SEPTA was on time for was that strike. 12:01 on the dot #septastrike— Miyah Chanèl (@__Yellowbonee_) November 1, 2016
I support SEPTA workers combating higher healthcare costs for both themselves as individuals, as well as their families. #septastrike— Stanley570 (@stanley570) November 1, 2016
Kids can't get to school today and many of the teachers can't get there to teach them. I need septa to value their drivers! #septastrike— Jessica Ryan (Tweed) (@JessNicoleRyan) November 1, 2016
SEPTA going on strike right before election most adversely affects Philadelphia inner city voters & could sway outcome. Fix it! #septastrike— nananesbitt (@nananesbitt) November 1, 2016
#septastrike It's too much power for one union to have over an ENTIRE city.— Chris (@Bougie_Unbound) November 1, 2016
The #septastrike stinks, but hopefully it educates some about alternative modes of travel through Philly. At least start the conversation!— Justin Lehmann (@TheAngryGents) November 1, 2016
Overheard in the office during the #septastrike: "it would only take me a little over an hour to walk home. I think it's worth it"— Katy Stankevitz (@KatyStank) November 1, 2016
Lovely sound of people blasting their horns in the background #septastrike— Social Innovations (@S_Innovations_I) November 1, 2016
I'm glad that for once it's not regional rail getting screwed, but I am legit sorry for all the busy/trolley/subway riders. #septastrike— Aidan D. (@aidanboleyn) November 1, 2016