Philadelphia Bracing for Possible Transit Strike
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
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A potential transit strike in Philadelphia could play havoc with out-of-town fans coming in for this week's Frozen Four.
The City of Philadelphia is in ongoing talks with the union for employees of SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which runs the city's buses and trains. The union's contract expires at midnight Monday (tonight).
Already, the Frozen Four faced challenges, with only two hotels near the Wells Fargo Center, the arena where the games and other festivities are taking place. Most hotels that media, dignitaries and fans are staying at will either be downtown, approximately 3.5 miles away, or at the airport, which is even farther.
There is a subway which runs from downtown right to the arena, but without SEPTA, that option will be gone.
Officials from the Wells Fargo Center have been in discussions with the City of Philadelphia on possible contingency plans. The exact nature of those plans has not been revealed.
"It's a little premature to reveal the contents of these conversations this time," a Wells Fargo Center spokesperson said.
The SEPTA employees could continue to work without a contract. They have not yet voted to authorize a strike.