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>> ♪ >> breaking now on "action news" septa is on strike. here's a live look at the fern rock station in philadelphia. more than 5,000 workers walked off the job just after midnight. the two sides are said to be miles apart on several issues but contract talks are still going on right now. >> now, this affects the hundreds of thousands of people who take city buses subways and trolleys to work and school every day and even if you normally drive, this is going to still impact you. expect to see a lot more cars joining you out there on the roads. >> good morning, everyone, its 4:30 a.m. on this tuesday november 1st. >> karen rogers leads our team coverage of the septa strike and our reporters are fanned out across the city talking
with commuters and watching for any progress on the contract talks. >> we'll get to all of in you a moment. first up dave murphy for those who are taking the leaf her express today. >> yeah it's going to be cool for those loafers and sneakers and everything else. looking at a lack of cloud cover so we're expecting plenty of sunshine up over the horizon shortly. temperatures are cool though. 41 degrees in philadelphia. and many suburbs in the 30's at this hour. wilmington 39, 36 trenton, below freezing in allentown, 35 in reading, 34 millville and 47 in cape may. here's how it's going to go today. 40 degrees by 7 o'clock. by 10 o'clock, it's 46 degrees. down into the 30's around sick, seven, 8:00 a.m. in some neighborhoods. by noon 54 been 3 o'clock 62. if the kids usually take septa on the way home and now they have to hoof it it's not going to be too bad of a day with a high of 62. by 6 o'clock 59 degrees. a warmup coming tomorrow if the strike is still going on.
karen you got an awful lot of stuff to talk about this morning. >> hundreds of thousands of people this morning looking for another way to get to work. let's run down with this strike what's running and any other running. city buses not running. suburban buses are running. broad and market frankford subways not running. trolleys route 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36 not running. now, the 101, 102 to he lee norristown high speedline they are running this morning. you can take the regional rails. the regional rails stop in the city but not a good way to get around in the city so that's part of the problem. the lucy connect is actually running through the city but the issue with the regional rails is we've already had such overcrowding. expect overcrowding on all your busy referrals. on station that is sell tickets in advance you've got to get that ticket in advance. you can't just show up with cash on the train so you need to get the ticket in advance. expect overcrowding especially in those stops as it gets closer to the he city. we've already seen problems in the past months with issues with trains just bypassing those stations so that's going to be a bigger issue taking
mass transit and we'll walk you through it all morning long on air as well as on line. again not running he city buses broad street line broad ridge spur market frankford trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34, 36. that's the major issue today matt and tam. >> team coverage with "action news" reporter annie mccormick live at the sheraton in center city. >> negotiations between september tan union representatives is going on but the word is that the talks have been tense. annie, have we seen any forward movement? >> reporter: not since midnight when the local union transit workers union 234 made a statement saying that they were on strike. however, they did say that they were going to continue to negotiate throughout the morning. septa for their part says that they are ready and willing as well but they are still miles and miles apart on these issues. take a look at this video. this is going to be a common sight for everybody across the city. those are picketers striking workers at bustleton and ben.
now more than 5700 local twu234 workers. septa suggested they work. the president willie brown said they had to draw a line in the sand after two years of negotiating. brown said they did agree on a few minor things. driver fatigue however is still an issue and so he is healthcare but the main sticking point is pensions. yesterday sources said both sides were tens of millions of dollars apart on this issue and a source said last night management gets a pension on full pay while union workers get a pension on partial pay and that is the deal breaker. now, brown did address the media just after midnight. here's what he had to say. >> you have economic issues as far as pensions. you have the healthcare. you also have things, like likei said driver fatigue. need something to not have operators driving up and down the streets half asleep.
we have to fight for those rights. >> what about pensions? >> pensions, we're fighting for pensions, also. >> reporter: now, septa did release a statement and snag part mr. brown walked away from a contract offer that would have provided his members pay raises enhanced pension benefits and maintained had this care coverage levels and also continued job security. back out here live both governor tom wolf and mayor jim kenney have also sent out statements saying that they are urging both sides to remain at the table. of course this is debilitating to the city. for now reporting live outside of the sheraton, annie mccormick channel6 "action news." back to you. >> all right, thank you, annie. now let's switch on over to 69th street station in upper darby. >> "action news" reporter john rawlins joins us live along the norristown high speedline where many commuters are hitting a dead end this morning. >> reporter: well, normally that's right, normally this is a connecting point where people come in from the suburbs on suburban transit and then connect over to the
city transit division particularly taking the market frankford el into the city. it's a big people mover. it is of course not running. now, the suburban system is running but again, city transit is not running. no service to the east here as they say. city transit is on strike. pickets are around the corner on victory lane. they walked out shortly there after midnight. they will tell you they understand they are going to impact a lot of people today but they say, you know, in the history of labor sometimes you have to withhold your labor and go on strike to trigger change: about a dozen twu pickets this morning trying to stay warm here in upper darby. they say they are striking for what they believe is right. >> safety on the job. 40 hours a week. weekends. all that came from people who work for unions going on strike and fighting for what's right. and what we fight for here is right for everybody. >> reporter: but riders not so sure they agree with all this. this man was able to get from his work on a suburban bus to 69th street but is not sure
how he's going to get the rest of the way home now that city transit is on strike. this morning what are you going to do? >> i don't know. i know -- i'll probably use uber or lyft but that's going to kill me by the week. too much money. >> reporter: real expensive. >> i'm talking that's going to be like 40, $50 a day for me so i got to go harder than what i usually do. >> reporter: okay, looking at a live picture, there is a twu picket who is now set up here outside -- a couple of them in fact outside the 69th street terminal. that just happened in the last few minutes here. people are talking and trying to figure out how they're going to find options to get around today. among those options as you heard a gentleman talking about uber, other people are talking about driving and then they have to look at the price of parking in the city particularly in center city. certainly taxis are another option and walking, we've heard that from a number of people, they're just going to walk the blocks that they need to do, everybody trying to figure out how they are going
to copy cope with a city transit strike. life at 69th street station in upper darby john rawlins back to you all. >> let's take a live look at mobile6 heading towards city hall in center city philadelphia and as john was just saying a lot of people will be walking today because septa won't be giving them a ride and in fact mayor jim kenney is encouraging city employees to walk to work because city government will be open as scheduled. all the schools will be opened except for the archdiocesan schools which are closed because of a religious holiday. we have tons of information on all of these things if it impacts you on 6abc.com. >> we'll be helping you navigate the commute all morning long with special live digital cut ins on 6abc.com and the 6abc news app. that will get going at 7:00 a.m. >> happening today, a pretrial hearing begins for bill cosby he in montgomery county court. prosecutors will argue that cosby showed a pattern of sexual assault over five decades. they hope to call up to 13 other accusers. while the defense will
question their credibility. cosby is facing trial for charges that he sexually assaulted a former employee at temple university at his cheltenham home back in 2004. the jury in the bridgegate trial returns to newark federal court for day two of deliberation. they must decide whether two former governor christie allies took that's right a plot to create traffic jams on the george washington bridge for political pay back. >> time to turn to dave murphy. a lot of people will be waiting out there for a ride share, walking. you'll be out in the elements. what can they expect. >> well, it's at least dry this morning butter it is a chilly start. afternoon doesn't look too bad. storm tracker6 live double scan shows us the dry conditions. taking a look outside tranquil out there but cool as we check out center city on sky6 and in some cases in some suburbs in fact we're in the 30's. take a look, 41 degrees right now in philadelphia. just 39, though n-wilmington. 36 in trenton. below the freezing mark in allentown currently. 35 degrees in reading. 34 in millville and 47 in cape may. satellite shows us how the
clouds have cleared out overnight so we expect lots of sunshine. if you're driving around today it's shades. same thing if you're walking. could be a couple lie clouds streaking in later on but generally speaking mostly sunny skies expected today. up in the lehigh valley 60 is your high, mostly sunny and chilly. down the shore it looks like a high around 63 degrees, mostly sunny and cool. occasionally some clouds sweep through. ocean temperature 59 for those of you with wet suits still doing that kind of thing and then mostly sunny in philadelphia and a high of 62 this afternoon. winds are going to be light. you'll find that as you step outside. it's chilly out there but it's not all that windy which does help and those light winds continue through the day. and then mainly clear overnight and not as cool overnight. we'll only get down to about 49 degrees in philadelphia. the coolest suburbs probably in the mid 40's and winds light and variable. and then it really gets warm tomorrow. your exclusive accuweather 7-day 62 is today's high, a nice start to the month of november and then nice and warm tomorrow. we'll be up around 50 in the morning at sunrise in philadelphia and we get an
afternoon high of 73 so if the strike continues and you are on foot or you're hanging around waiting for that ride share you got little better conditions tomorrow morning than you have today and then on thursday very warm with a high of 78. unfortunately a thunderstorm chance exists in the afternoon and evening because a cold front is going to be coming in and behind that front we plunge. blustery and chilly on friday with a high of just 56. for the weekend 60, sunny and chilly on saturday for the unity cup at citizens bank park and then remember to set those clocks back one hour when you go to bed. this is the good one. we fall back an hour and then on sunday you wake up to partly sunny skies and we wind up moving to a high of about 59. monday partly sunny and 59 as well. so, a couple of warm days starting tomorrow and then we cool back down to seasonable levels. >> all right. thank you david. it is now 4:41 and we have much more on the septa strike coming up including its impact on schools and the thousands of students who rely on septa buses trolleys and subways. >> plus a live look at one of the busiest septa stations in the city to see how commuters are finding other ways to catch a ride this morning.
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at the fern rock transit and subway station there and you should know that septa went on strike at 12:01. the last septa strike was 2009. it went six days. we're told negotiators are still at the tape. we'll see how long this is he prolonged. >> karen a lot of commuters get to some places where they're riding septa and then their options turn to zero he. >> you can't connect to
anything. we're listening to john rawlins report someone saying this is going to be an extra $50 a week for me to take these different options. let's talk about what's running and not running here. city buses. there are 79 different routes. none of them are running. mom city buses as an option. they're running suburban buses. the marc broad and market frankford subways not running. we've got trolleys route 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36 not running. the 101, 102 norristown high speedline that is running butter this is a major problem for people just having no other option to get around the city. so you can take the regional rails to come into the city. the issue is since they will noticed a problem with the silver liners you know we have been problems with overcrowding any way. as you get closer to the city we expect that to be a problem again where you may have trains bypassing stations. it could be a really difficult commute trying to take the regional rails. they have added extra service to try to help out with that but we'll have to see how it goes. we'll be here all morning on
line on the air trying to help you get through it. we want to hear from you how this is impacting you. vine street expressway approaching the schuylkill dry and clear. expect extra traffic but no other issue on the vine. on the big picture looking pretty good. blue route, schuylkill, i-95 no major issues. weather-wise we know you're going to be wait ago while, right, trying get on the regional rail, standing outside, walking to work, 28 degrees. it's cold out there in martins creek, 30 in quakertown, 30 pottstown, 36 saint davids, 41 in the city. in the suburbs in new jersey sitting at the freezing mark in hammonton little bit above in it glassboro 37 degrees in dover and at least we have a sunny day and a high of 62. matt and tam. >> thanks karen. "action news" reporter bob brooks is live at septa's olney station which services the fox chase regional rail line which as you know bob is still running during the strike. >> reporter: matt, good morning, yes, it is the regional rail the only trains in and out of the city during the strike. let's take a look behind me
here. one person here at the stop right now but that's 100 percent going to change. we have been hearing that the regional rail lines at times experiencing overcrowdedness. now i'm to bring up some video here. this is just after the strike was announced at at the frankfod transportation center. we'll hear from some riders in just a second but again 400,000 plus riders depend on septa every day. obviously we hope things turn out well for commuters, though this is no doubt a huge inconvenience. on top of the regional rail line we have been hearing there are some other options through bus and trolley to those routes through the city. it is limited but please check into what those are. also, here's another option. the ride sharing company uber is expanding their services. i want to bring up a graphic here. take a look at your screen. for those of you who are familiar with uber pool it's expanding its service during the strike. this is one way to try and keep getting around city a little cheaper. 75 percent cheaper than
regular uber x. keep that in mind. uber pool coverage will span the whole septa system. again, that is the map. though for right now, were he spoke with at least one septa rider. it doesn't platter to her, she can't afford any more expenses she says so right now there's only one option. >> riding a bike or doing whatever i can. i'm going have to ride a bike to wherever i have to go. it's affecting everybody. there's kids that have to go to school, there's parents that have to get to work. there's people that have to go about their daily life and they're not going to be able to. >> reporter: back out live here you see that one person waiting. we know she's going to be accompanied by many, many more as the morning rush comes on here. now, we know a lot of workers have no contingency plans for how to get in and out of the city right now and the city also put out their own plan to provide a free shuttle for city employees along the broad street line and market frankford line with 12 buses but in order to access that you do need to show proof of being a city employee.
for now reporting live in oleine, bob brooks, channel6 "action news." >> bob thank you. all philadelphia public and charter schools are opened today. archdiocesan schools are closed for a religious holiday the district says 56,000 of its students use a bus to he lee or subway to get to class. we know of at least one charter school mathematics civics and sciences charter that is opening early and closing late to accommodate drop-offs and pickups. he be sure to check with your particular school for a specific plan. >> we want to know how the strike impacts you. share your commute stories with us. use the #6abcaction on social media. or e-mail us at join the action at 6abc.com. we'll be right back. >> ♪ any voters, okay? and
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>> ♪ >> 94:52. mobile6 gassed up traveling around center city showing us some scenes out there. a little quiet here on south broad street heading back up towards city off. the septa strike is on but life must go on for, you know, thousands, millions of people across our region. they have to get to work and school and they might have to find a dust way. >> karen imagine just how stressed out people are. >> i love listening to our reporters talking to people who say it's going to cost so much money if i'm take uber.
this is hard. city buses, not running. septa is on strike today. broad street subway broad ridge spur not running. market frankford can't take that. routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36 trolleys any other an option for you today. major issues so go ahead and you can take regional rails. expect to be overcrowded and that's going to be an issue for you. expect extra congestion on the roads. your majors at this point are looking okay. this is the boulevard at broad street showing no problems. we've got an accident ridge pike and manor road. majors in good shape though. dave. >> jackets on the kids this morning coats this afternoon you might want to go way little extra gear this morning because some neighborhoods are in the mid to upper 30's. 39 degrees in philadelphia by 8 o'clock but then 46 by 10 o'clock. 54 by noon. a high today of 62 degrees. lots of sunshine and light winds. that's going to help this morning. it's cold but it's not windy and cold. what's coming next? well, if the septa strike does continue tomorrow it's going to be a better day. we'll be up around 50 in the
morning, low 70's in the afternoon a high in the 70's again on thursday but thursday afternoon could be interesting. tam we've got some thunderstorms on tap. >> okay, thank you david. gop presidential nominee donald trump and his running made mike pence will speak at a private event in king of prussia later this morning. trump focused in michigan. the state has not been won by a flap almost 30 years. hillary clinton will rally voters at a campaign event in florida today. clinton blasted fbi director james comey again yesterday over the new inquiry into her e-mail use. she accused him of jumping into the election with "no evidence of any wrongdoing with just days to go." the fbi is using special software to examine the newly discovered e-mails to see what is duplicate and what may be something new. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> it is official. septa workers are hitting the
picket lines. months of negotiations to keep them from walking off the job have failed. >> this morning nearly a half a million commuters will have to find another way to get where they need to go. >> good morning everyone, it's 5:00 a.m. on this tuesday november 1st. septa workers walked off the job just after midnight and we are preparing you for what could be a chaotic morning commute. >> karen rogers is leading our