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Transit Elsewhere: News Roundup

November 7, 2009

So, SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) has been striking for several days now, starting during right after the world series. (Right on. Baseball is stupid.) The striking union members have been using much better tactics than any other strike I’ve ever heard of, which usually seem to consists of hiring homeless people to pace in a circle and chant while the striking workers grab coffee. SEPTA workers instead blocked scabs the access of members of some other city agency/union (Who?) to stations and terminals and didn’t start a fucking rail fire, as they were accused of doing.

In other bad luck transit news, DC Metro had a communications failure which resulted in general chaos, and people riding for free. In the meantime, the old-ass piece of equipment was replaced with another old-ass piece of equipment. All this after a rail crash worthy of it’s own late-70’s disaster porn.

But check this out!

(I will have you note that the HTML used for updating errors and edits is “strike.” Irony?)

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 9, 2009 4:18 pm

    I'm just catching up on the blog now…I know this is a late comment. I live right outside of Philly and travel to Atlanta/Lawrenceville for 5 to 14 days every month to see my bf.The SEPTA union in the suburbs chose to not strike while the city union did. Same goes for the regional rail folks. So, suburban trolleys and buses, as well as all regional rail lines were in operation. Members of the city union chose to block the suburban union's ability to work. I am not a violent person, but had I been behind the wheel, I would have had the impulse to run them over.I think it's pretty hypocritical of the city union to expect that everyone respect their choice to strike and then disrespect the other unions' choice NOT TO. I know several members of the city union and none of them thought the strike was a good plan. Obviously some members did, but it was not even close to universal. In the past, I have heard a pretty even split of support/nonsupport–>both from SEPTA employees and patrons. This time…people were just pissed.skye, a SEPTA and MARTA riderp.s. SEPTA has filthy stations in ill repair, rarely cleaned buses/trains/trolleys, and a large percentage of workers who are dismissive at best. I much prefer MARTA.

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