By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The SEPTA strike this month lasted only a day, but leaving Regional Rail riders without a train to board for even that short time still was an inconvenience for many. They could have some recourse.
“We’re not going to have a blanket credit or discount for TrailPassholders,” SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says about 50,000 people take the train on any given Saturday — that’s less than half the number of weekday riders.
“It wouldn’t be equitable to issue a blanket discount for all riders when the vast majority weren’t affected by a work stopppage that only lasted for Saturday.”
But, he says, there’s wiggle room.
“We’re willing to work with folks who may have been affected.”
If you seldom spend a Saturday off SEPTA, and the strike left you scrambling for an alternative, Busch says to go to your local office that sells TrailPasses, and the agency will try to work something out.
The Presidential Emergency Board that ended the walkout has heard from SEPTA and two Regional Rail unions and will make its recommendation on their dispute on July 14th.