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Corbett Hopes Deal Will Avert Rail Strike

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is counting on negotiators to come to an agreement and avert a strike that would shut down Philadelphia-area commuter trains.

SEPTA trains at Frankford terminal in Philadelphia (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says Corbett does not have insight into exactly where talks stand. But he says the governor believes a deal can be reached between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and two unions that represent about 400 workers.

Workers say they will strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday if there’s no agreement in place.

At midday Friday, a SEPTA spokesman said talks were still going.

About 60,000 commuters use SEPTA’s regional rail lines on a typical weekday. A strike wouldn’t affect subways and buses.

A shutdown would make it even harder to get into Philadelphia at a time when major road and rail projects are causing delays.

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