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SEPTA Transit Workers’ Pact Expires at Midnight

SEPTA  is publicizing contingency plans in case of an employee walkout.

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) trains at Philadelphia’s Frankford terminal (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Its contract with transportation workers expires at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Officials with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials said Friday that they’ve asked the union for a three-month contract extension, but received no response.

A spokesman for Transport Workers Union Local 234 could not immediately be reached for comment. The union represents about 4,700 employees.

SEPTA says there’s been no indication a work stoppage is planned.

Officials say regional rail lines that serve the suburbs would continue operating during a walkout. Extra cars would be added and managers would help collect fares.

However, city transit lines including buses, trolleys and subways would not operate.

A 2009 strike by transit workers lasted six days.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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