The Latest: Transit strike causes 2nd day of gridlock

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The Latest on strike by about 4,700 transit workers in Philadelphia (all times local):

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5:25 p.m.

Commuters are dealing with another chaotic evening rush hour in Philadelphia as a strike by city transit workers nears the end of a second day.

Highways and city streets remain jammed as a result of a big jump in the number of people driving to work.

Regional rail lines also are experiencing delays as a result of increased demand caused by the idling of city buses, trolleys and subways.

A spokesman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said late Wednesday that negotiations were continuing. The union representing about 4,700 striking transit workers had no immediate comment.

The city transit system typically provides about 900,000 rides a day.


12:15 a.m.

Commuters in Philadelphia are facing another day of transportation woes Wednesday as a transit strike enters its second day.

The strike began early Tuesday after the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and a union representing about 4,700 workers failed to reach a contract agreement.

Buses, trolleys and subways that provide about 900,000 rides a day have been shut down.

The strike wasn't supposed to affect commuter rail lines and service in areas outside the city. But the transit agency says striking workers on Tuesday blocked some regional train crews from reporting to work, prompting the cancellation of a significant number of trains to the suburbs during the evening rush hour. SEPTA says it has since obtained an injunction to bar picketers from blocking such access