Transit in Philly Rides Again... For Now

Commuters and workers alike are grateful the SEPTA strike is over, but fare hikes of an undisclosed amount are expected for the next year.

"SEPTA would have to hold hearings in the region's five counties and get approval from its 15-member board before implementing any fare increase.

[SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri] Williams was quick to say the new contract agreed to yesterday for bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, and mechanics was not to blame for a fare hike.

There was no wage increase for the first year of that contract, and the $1,250-per-worker ratification bonus is to be paid from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation budget, not SEPTA's.

'It has nothing to do directly with the contract,' Williams said of a possible fare increase. She noted that a transportation funding and reform commission in 2006 recommended regular fare increases to keep up with rising costs."

Full Story: SEPTA strike over, but fare hikes loom

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