Philadelphia transit strike ends, in time for elections

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A six-day transit strike in Philadelphia is over, and officials said bus, trolley and subway service in the city will be fully restored by the time voters head to polls Tuesday.

The regional transit agency and the transport workers union announced early Monday a tentative five-year contract that will bring more than 4,700 workers back to work. Service will resume on a phased-in basis Monday, with full schedules in place by Tuesday.

The agreement includes wage increases and pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs, said Pasquale T. Deon Sr., board chairman at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. “We believe this agreement is fair to our employees, and to the fare-paying customers and taxpayers,” he said in a statement.

Transportation Workers Union Local 234 confirmed on its website that the strike is over. The agreement still must go before union members for ratification and to the SEPTA board for approval.

The tentative deal resolves concerns that some voters could have had difficulty getting to the polls Tuesday without public transit running in the city. The strike halted service that normally provides nearly 900,000 rides a day.

An expanded version of this article appeared on WSJ.com.

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