Philly Transit Strike Continues

11.06.09 | FL News Team

The Philadelphia transit strike enters its fourth day today with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Congressman Bob Brady pitching in as mediators to get Philadelphia's buses, subways and trolleys moving again. On Thursday night, officials with

SEPTA -- the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority -- were working on new financial and personnel proposals to bring to negotiations with Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents the five-thousand striking workers. Meanwhile, yesterday morning's already overly busy Regional Rail service was halted for hours after a train struck and killed a SEPTA track inspector near the Philadelphia-Montgomery County border. The victim has been identified as Kevin Sparks, an eight-year employee of the transit system. It was the second incident in two days to affect Regional Rail service, which has been swamped with extra passengers because of the strike. In the first incident, a fire broke out aboard a packed commuter train.