PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The SEPTA strike is forcing Community College of Philadelphia students to alter their commuting plans.
The campus of Community College of Philadelphia is normally bustling with students arriving from SEPTA’s Broad Street line. But not on this day, noticed Community College senior Beth Harrell.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society To Preview Plans For 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
“Very quiet. You would usually see a whole gang of students coming down Spring Garden Street, but now you don’t see anybody. It’s really, like deserted.”
With no SEPTA, students walked, rode bikes, drove or had someone drop them off.
Victoria Yarbrough is a sophomore who had to find another way to class.READ MORE: Firefighters Save Bride's Wedding Dress After Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell
“Usually I use SEPTA. I have to take a bus and a train.”
DeNardo: “So you’re doubly affected. How did you get to school this morning?”
“I had to ask my mom and she had to take time out of work to come and take me.”
And even with mom driving, it was no easy commute.
“The traffic is ridiculous today. The streets are backed up, no matter where you go.”WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update
Another reason for the quiet campus could be a contingency plan. Some professors are delivering their lectures online, allowing students to watch on their smartphones.