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SEPTA Ridership Down Day After Strike Ends, But Commuters’ Spirits Weren’t

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By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Even though things were a little quieter than usual Sunday, commuters in the Philadelphia area were breathing a sigh of relief after getting word that the SEPTA strike had ended.

The sound of trains running was music to the ears of the hundreds of thousands of commuters who rely on SEPTA to get work.

“You have a routine, and you pretty much lead your life by SEPTA to a certain extent,” says Andre Carter.

Carter was on his way to Mount Airy and says he was already planning for the inconvenience of a strike:

“You know, I have to go the long way on the bus, get up extra early, and it’s just mind-blowing.”

READ: SEPTA Regional Rail Strike Ends, Service Resumes

Lou and his wife were on their way back to Bucks County after taking in a show, and even though they don’t use the trains often, they’re happy to have the option.

“We live up north of Warminster,” she said, “and we go all the way to the airport which is really wonderful.”

While ridership was light at 30th Street Station and Suburban Station, SEPTA feels that was a result of the weekend schedule and not everyone knowing the strike was off.

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