PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA says it has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to end the four day long TWU Local 234 strike.

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SEPTA is asserting that it constitutes a clear and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of our riders and the citizens of Philadelphia and the region.

The transit agency notes in the lawsuit “that the strike has caused people to miss critical medical appointments; is making it impossible for some disabled residents to get to facilities for specialty care, get assistance with fundamental life-care matters and training critical to their efforts towards independence; is causing students to miss school; and presents a risk to citizens’ right to vote in the Nov. 8 election.”

SEPTA had previously said it would seek legal action if the strike was not over in time for Election Day on Tuesday.

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SEPTA is asking the court for an injunction ordering employees to return to work immediately “to alleviate the devastation caused by the strike.”

The strike has forced a shutdown of the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line Subway, city buses and trolley routes.

Additional details will be released a press conference at 4 p.m.

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