PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today marks day three of the SEPTA strike and it is taking its toll on people, especially students.

Tens of thousands of students are struggling to get to school.

Protesters tell Eyewitness News they did not want to have to go on strike, but now into day three, commuters across the area are trying to find new ways to get to work and school.

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Umar Ahmed says, “We just want to get back to work. We didn’t want to go on strike, we just want everyone to come together and do what is fair, the management as well as our local here.”

As negotiations between SEPTA and Local 234 continue, gridlock is overtaking the roads and rails, challenging commuters, especially students.

At Roman Catholic High School, the regional rails and roads are how students are coming in to the North Broad campus, and it has not been easy.

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Cameron Spencer says, “Normally I take the 27 and the 61 to get to school, but I couldn’t take that to get here today. My mom had to take off time from work to drive me, so it’s just tough.”

“Last night I had football practice and after the lines were huge,” adds Aidan Rich.

Finch: “If this goes on for more than a week, how would your life change?”

“I don’t know…It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be really hard,” says Anthony Straface.

“Might have to walk to school,” Michael Burke says.

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Anthony Lomastro, who is on crutches, jokes he’ll have to learn to use his arms.

Like many schools, public and private, Roman Catholic is changing its schedule for now.

“We have a bit of an adjusted schedule, a longer homeroom to accommodate those having difficulties getting here.”