PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Center City bus stops still empty and people remain frustrated on Day 5 of the SEPTA strike.
“My feet are still hurting.”
20 year old Ivory Davis says yesterday she had to walk home from work - it took her 3 hours in the cold - but while SEPTA’s buses and trolleys aren't operating she says her two feet are her only option.
“From the Please Touch Museum to my home a taxi or Lyft or Uber would be like $30.”
Imani Jenkins has a different perspective.
“People are actually adapting to the SEPTA strike.”
Jenkins takes the Regional Rail line to work - she says the crowds and delays on day one of the strike have subsided.
“People have learned to take different roads and people are getting to school better.”
How are people getting around? Cab drivers say business is actually down!
“I think more people are driving themselves or sharing a ride with someone else,” Bhagwan Dhillon said.
Taxi cab driver Hasan Ghanem says congested roadways and added personal responsibilities during the strike - like driving his three children to three separate schools in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon means he's clocking fewer rides and seeing less money in his pocket.
“It's affecting everybody, even people who have cars.”
“I'm praying to God the strike’s over as soon as possible,” Dhillon said.
I'm sure most people would agree! How long could the strike last? The previous strike in 2009 lasted six days. Some have lasted weeks.