PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - As if Monday mornings aren't tough enough.
Tomorrow would be day seven of the SEPTA strike... as transit riders brace for another rough, uncertain commute.
Maseo Conway said, “I work in West Chester, but I come from Philly. So I gotta go to my mom's house in Darby, stay there for a week.”
Jessica Vazquez said, “I'm a manager, so I have to pick up some of my employees to get them around.”
As negotiators for SEPTA and the union continue talking, the focus Monday morning shifts to a courtroom in city hall, where a judge will listen to SEPTA's argument that the strike poses "a clear and present danger" to health safety and welfare.
The judge refused to order an injunction on Friday that would have forced SEPTA's five thousand employees back to work, saying a threat wasn't immediate.
But now with a presidential election the next day, SEPTA will ask again.
And now, so too, will the city itself, filing its own lawsuit Sunday with the same judge. It's different from SEPTA's, in that the city suit just want an order to get the busses, subways, and trolley running on Election Day, that "voters need to have reliable transportation."
The union insists, there are ways for people to get to the polls.
One of them is with a free ride on Uber or Lyft. A superPAC called My Ride To Vote has raised a quarter of a million dollars to subsidize the trips.
On the Uber or Lyft apps, put in the promo code VOTEPA, and riders can get $15 dollars off, each way. The creator of the superPAC is based in California, but raised the money to offer the rides in North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvnia.
Anna Soelner with My Ride to Vote SuperPAC said, “It’s a really important state in this election. The polls have been wobbly, so we really want to encourage people to get out and do their civic duty.”