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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 team coverage of the septa
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strike. she'll have more on what is up and running and what is not. the "action news" team is also spread out across the delaware valley with more on the traffic turmoil. >> we'll get to all of you in first -- just a moment. first up dave murphy. >> it's going to be a chilly morning for day one of the septa strike. you can see the cloud cover has departed the region so we expect lots of sunshine later this morning, just a few high clouds coming in later in the day. temperatures are cool. we're at 42 degrees in philadelphia but down below freezing in allentown. 33 in trenton. 38 in wilmington, 31 in millville. all things considered philadelphia catching a little bit of a break. there's any other much wind out there but it is obviously chilly and it stays cool today. accuweather says by 7 o'clock still around 40. by 10 o'clock, 46 and by noon, 54. if you're plunk our school kid population among our school kid population, 62 is your high and light winds and lots of sun by 6 o'clock back down into the upper 50's. warmer tomorrow but karen for now the big story is september tan you've got a whole board
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full of information there. >> yeah for hundreds of thousands of people this strike just crippling the morning commute. here's exactly what's running and not running. there are 79 different city bus routes. none of them are running right now. also suburban buses are running broad and market, frankford subways, not running. not running, septa trolleys ruse routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36, the 101 and 102 trolley and the norristown high speedline are running. with all of this not run wag do you do? you can take regional rail oohs. they stop in the city. you can take the regional rails to use to get between university and olde city instead of the market frankford. patco is running. you can take patco but those normal connections aren't running. you have the lucy loop through the city so that's running but this is a major issue because regional rails are already overcrowded. already seeing problems because of the problems with the silver liners. expect as you get to those stops closer to the city you may have some trains just bypassing stations because of
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overcrowding. they have, however, added extra service. so they're trying to help with the regional rails with some extra service. any stations though that you can buy the tickets in advance you have to do that. you can't just show up with cash on the train and expect service there. so this is going to be an issue taking regional rails and we'll be following it on air andline throughout the morning. your majors at this point, expect a lot of extra congestion as people try to drive to work. at this point looking at the vine street expressway no problems right here, matt and tam. >> thanks karen. let's switch live to "action news" reporter annie mccormick. >> she is live there in front of the sheraton in center city. that's where septa officials and union leaders have been trying work something outer. good morning, annie. >> reporter: good morning, tam. and just after midnight, the head of local 234, that's the transit workers union that is working on this issue, he said that they were not able to come to agreement, that they were pretty far apart, but he also said that they are open to negotiating throughout the morning. septa also said that they were open to negotiations as well
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but just a couple minutes ago i spoke to a spokesperson from septa who said that there were no new negotiations overnight at all. now take a look at this video. this is something a lot of us are going to be he seeing around the city today. those are picketers strike at bustleton and benner. there are more than 3700 members that stopped work on the job at 12:01. septa suggested the union work through the negotiations and pass the midnight deadline to a evert a strike. the president of local 234 willie brown said they had to draw a line in the sand somewhere after two years of negotiations. brown said they did agree on a few minor things. driver fatigue is still an issue and so he is healthcare but the main sticking point is pension. yesterday both sides were tens of millions of dollars apart on that issue. 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 spoke to the media just after midnight.
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>> we have conceded on a lot of things we've been working this for two years, you know, aren't thing that gets me the most is when you consider pensions when you ask about the pensions we're not being greedy. you know, i think septa slapped the riding public in the face slapped the taxpayers in the face when they told you they going to do pension reform. instead of doing pension reform what they did was lined their pockets. >> reporter: now, septa released a statement that said in part mr. brown walked away from a contract offer that would have provided his members pay raises enhanced pension benefits maintained healthcare coverage levels and continued job security. now, septa also put in their statement last night that if this strike looks like its going to go beyond the election, up until election day that they could possibly go to court for an injunction. last night when asked specifically about whether or not this strike could go that long, the union leader was unable to say how long that this would go. now, both governor wolf and
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mayor kenney have also released statements both urging both sides to stay at the table saying that this is devastating to the city. again, the last strike we had back in 2009 i believe lasted about six days. so, for now reporting live outside of the cher none s-annie mccormick channel6 "action news", back to you. >> it would be interesting to see if it came down to legal action. the philadelphia school district is opened today in spite of the septa strike. more than 50,000 philadelphia students who ride the trains buses and trolleys will have to find another way to get to school this morning. yellow school buses in philadelphia will continue to operate but students who normally ride septa but can't make it to school or will get there late due to the strike will be marked as having an excused absence or late arrival. >> john rawlins is live at the 69th street transportation center in upper darby. john this is an area where septa riders are going to find trouble going from point a to point b. >> reporter: that's correct. normally this is a connecting
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69th street station on a morning commute folks come out of the western suburbs and out of delaware county connect here, they come in on suburban transit which continues to run today and then connect to city transit to go east. they either take the el or some buses that go into west philadelphia or on into center city. not going to happen today because of the strike. the el is down. that is a big people mover here. now, around the corner from where i'm standing over on victory lane about a dozen pickets took up station earlier this morning. most of them operate or maintain the el system or the market frankford el. meantime, though, early commuters now are having to scramble to find a work around the situation. because people have got to go to work. >> frustrated. but motivated. i have to get to work. >> reporter: dante lowry normally grabs a bus in west philadelphia and then transfers a suburban trolley here at 69th street station but with the strike that means there is no city transit operating this morning. >> just have to walk 17
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blocks. have to walk 17 blocks. 104 is running. i hope it's running. >> reporter: courtney hems was heading in the opposite direction from delaware county where there is bus service headed to west philadelphia where there is not. >> i came from ups hub and i'm going to 63rd and vine. >> reporter: so you were able to get a suburban bus here. >> and that's it. >> reporter: now you got to get home. >> yeah. >> reporter: how are you going to do that? >> i don't know. i guess i'm going to be walking. >> reporter: well, the first of a lot of people, thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands of commuters who are going to have to face this morning's new reality which is a city transit strike here in the city of philadelphia. people looking at all kinds of options as you heard, walking there, some are grabbing a cab, some are trying to get an uber car to come by and pick them up, some are driving themselves. people just trying to figure out how to work around the situation. live at 69th street station, john rawlins channel6 "action news." back to you all. >> thanks so much john.
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going to be a lot of confusion, maybe even a little bit of chaos as everyone tries to do what they did yesterday but without any septa services in the city. the mobile6 shot here live is at 16th and j.f.k. looks like we're heading tout 30th street station right now. you know, the schools are still opened, city government still opened, employers are still opened. but you're going to have to find other ways to get there if you use the city's transit services. >> you may be wondering when is this going to come to an end. the best way to stay up to date on the strike is by following 6abc on facebook and twitter. we'll be posting live updates as events happen. and any plans released by the city government, schools, businesses and more. >> the days of cheap gas in new jersey are over. the new gas tax went into effect at midnight. it's getting pumped up by 23 cents more a gallon. it's also the garden state's first gas tax hike since 1988. governor christie wants the money or the revenue set aside exclusively to fund transportation projects but
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that decision will be up to the voters next week on election day. >> ♪ >> new this morning a 6abc franklin and marshall college poll shows hillary clinton is holding onto her lead in the state of pennsylvania. numbers just out show hillary clinton leading donald trump 49 percent to 38 percent among likely voters. and in the hotly contested pennsylvania senate race democrat katie mcginty is leading over republican income bender pat toomey 47 percent to 35 percent among likely voters. though one in six remain undecided. the margin of error in this poll is plus or minus 5 percent. >> david joins us. many more people are going to be out and about and at least it's not raining. >> it's not raining and it's not windy but it is chilly this morning. storm tracker6 live double scan shows you the dry conditions we have. taking a look outside on sky6 it's not one of those mornings that our sky6 cameras are going to be bouncing around all that much because there's not much wind but you'll want to grab the the coat as in some neighborhoods we're in the 30's and in philadelphia 42 degrees currently. so that's your current number in the city. winds light at 5 miles per hour.
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bundle up a little bit and then get walking if you normally take that septa. i guess that's going to be the case for some people this morning. as we take a look at satellite we're expecting plenty of sunshine on your shoulder not only later this morning but throughout most of the day with just some high clouds streaking in at time. over the next 12 hours 39 degrees by 8 o'clock in philadelphia, then 46 by 10 o'clock and 54 by noon. by 3 o'clock 62. that's your high this afternoon. again, fair amount of sunshine, light winds, not a bad afternoon for the kids coming home from school and by 5 o'clock, 60. by 6 o'clock, we'll be back into the upper 50's. again winds this evening not that bad. 62 in philadelphia. that's your high. 60 in allentown. 61 in trenton and reading. 60 in wilmington. 62 in millville. and 61 in cape may. very similar numbers across the region. things change tomorrow, though. your exclusive accuweather 7-day a nice november start today with a high of 62 degrees, lots of sun. once we dump the chillies in the morning. tomorrow nice and warm. in the morning when we'll be down around 50 for a he low and we'll improve up to 73 so tomorrow is going to be a very
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nice comfortable day. again, if septa is still on strike. thursday very warm. again we'll start out in the upper to mid-50's for morning lows so good in the morning and in the afternoon a high of 78. it does get interesting later in the day or in the evening, though, as we do have the chance of a thunderstorm rumbling through and some of those late day or evening thunderstorms on thursday could be strong. behind that strong cold front we wind up a lot cooler. 46 on friday, 60 saturday. 59 sunday and monday looks like we're dry through that period so that's good. and remember to fall back one hour when we go to bed on saturday night. >> you got it. >> will do. thank you david. it is now 5:12. still ahead on "action news" we'll have more on what you need to know about the septa strike. >> plus it had to come from somewhere. police are trying to figure out how this school bus landed up on someone's lawn. >> academy southbound an earlier accident cleared. we'll run down what's running and any other running and how
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>> ♪ >> 5:15 on this tuesday, first day in the month of november and the first day of the septa strike. first in seven years. mobile6 is providing us live coverage as well heading towards the psfs building in center city philadelphia. should see more vehicles on the roads and more people on the sidewalks now that septa is on strike. >> you know, every 15 minutes karen as more and more people try to get into the commute it's going to get more and more suppress full. >> we expect more problems to develop with regional rails as people look to that for an alternative. here's not running in the septa strike. city buses broad street subway
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market frankford subway most of your trolleys and all of that is listed on the crawl at the bottom of your screen to help you out. so, looking at this graphic some of the key problems are let's say you're taking the 101, one oh he two trolley. you're taking the norristown high speedline. they are running. so you take that and you're headed over to 69th street station where john rawlins s the trouble is once you get there nothing else is running. you can't take the market frankford line to get across the city. to save some of your walking what you can do is take the regional rails to get from let's say 30th street to jefferson so you can do that to avoid some of your walking right there. also if you're coming in from the northeast, if you usually take the buses that aren't running, that's a major problem but if you can get to the trenton line they have stops along there, torresdale, holmesburg, bridesburg, so you could take that to get into the city so your regional rails can help in you those ways but you want to expect as you get closer to the city it's just unclear how long you're going have to wait or if there are issues with overcrowding. they're giving you extra service to try to help. those are some of the problems you'll be dealing with this
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morning and we're going to be watching this unfold and helping you through it on air and online. your majors want to expect extra traffic out there. this is a live look at the schuylkill at girard, no problems just yet coming from conshohocken or gladwyne you're looking pretty good with no accidents on your majors. weather-wise if you're going to be doing a lot of walking today it's cold out there. 30 degrees in quakertown. 30 in pottstown. 42 degrees in center city. also in the suburbs in new jersey 32 in hammonton, 37 in dover. at least it's dry with some sunshine to try to help you out. 62 for your high matt and tam. >> we we continue our coverage of the first septa strike in seven years. it began just after midnight. >> bob brooks is live at the 5400 block of mascher street in olney with more. bob, a lot of folks will be able to get into the city there and then face a lot of frustration trying to get further into the city to go where they need to go. good morning. >> reporter: yeah, good morning. a lot of people are going to be depending on the regional rail line. take a look behind me. you'll see a few people here
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showing up -- well, where do they go? they sort of lost view, i'm not sure if you can see them or not but 33 came here extra early this morning because they want to beat that rush. they know a lot of people are going to be showing up hopping on the train. now i want to bring up more video here. this is from the frankford transportation center. just moments after the strike was announced. as you can imagine riders there they weren't very happy either. we'll hear from them in just a second but again 400,000 plus riders are depending on septa every day obviously we hope things turn out well for the commuters though this no doubt is going to be a huge inconvenience. now on top of a regional rail line we are hearing there are some other bus and trolley routes still in service around the city. it's limited but you want to check into what those are. also, we have another option for you to keep in mind. the ride sharing company uber is expanding their suffers today. take a look at this graphic here. for those of you who are familiar with uber pool it is expanding its service during
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the strike. one way to try to help keep your costs down it is 75 percent cheaper than regular uber x. uber pool coverage will span the whole septa system. again this is that map. he though right now we spoke with some riders, it doesn't really platter to them, they're so upset that both sides would allow this to happen. let's take a listen. >> 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 and it just doesn't make sense to me. instead of everybody just walking away i think there should be like a more mature way of handling things instead of just walking away from stuff. >> reporter: back out live here it might be a little noise he see. we have a train going by the olney station. not too many people here right now but again we know that is going to pick up as the regional rail only train operating in and around the city now. a lot of companies have put out contingency plans to let their workers know of ways to get in and out of the city
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quick. that includes the city of philadelphia that put out a free shuttle for city employees on the broad street line and market frankford line with 12 buses but in order to access that you do need to show proof of your city employment. for now reporting live in olney, bob brooks channel6 "action news. >> thanks bob. we want to know how this septa strike will impact you or is impacting you. share your commuter stories with us. use #6abc action on social media or you can e-mail us at join the action at >> new on "action news" a philadelphia woman is trying to figure outer how a school bus ended up in her front yard. the action cam was along the 1400 block of east beringer street in the city's west oak lane section. last night deidre myers believes the bus belongs to a day care on the corner of her block and it somehow rolled down the street and onto her front lawn. amazingly the bus is not believed to have actually hit anything or anybody. >> ♪ dunkin's sweet black pepper bacon sandwich is back
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>> trying to help people through by giving you some informationally let's go again over what's not running. at the bottom your screen we'll run a crawl to give you all the details. major points city buses aren't running, broad street subway, broad ridge spur. well expect extra congestion on your majors because of that people driving to work. this is i-95 at broad street. no problems at this point. northbound was closed overnight for an accident investigation but everything is moving fine right now david. >> karen on the big board it's cool on the bus stop. remember the yellow buses are running today. 41 degrees by 6 o'clock. have a possibility of being down to about 39 in philadelphia by 8 o'clock. not much wind. sun coming up over the horizon nice and bright but it is going to be chilly out there. 39 degrees by 8 o'clock. 46 degrees by 10 o'clock. 54 by noon and we're going for a high of 62 this afternoon. light winds, lots of sun. back to 57 by 6 o'clock. we'll be right back with more breaking news on that septa strike. >> ♪ i know you're my financial advisor,
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>> new on "action news" a new study suggests uber and lyft drivers are quietly discriminating against riders based on gender and race. the study published by professors at mit in stanford suggest uber drivers in boston were more than twice as likely to cancels rides of passengers who had african-american sounding names than white sounding names. black riders also waited
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30 percent longer for an uber ride to arrive. meanwhile drivers also took female passengers for longer more expensive rides. >> another brand new story here. an ohio man survived being trapped in his wrecked car for two days. a dead deer led a highway crew to the vehicle hidden in the woods. corey chambers spent nearly two days trapped inside that crashed car. they said the 38-year-old had missed a curve, hit a tree and landed in a ditch. rescue crews new chambers to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition. ohio police are trying to work to figure out exactly what caused him to crash. maybe that dead deer had something to do with it. >> 5:27. still ahead on "action news" two people just barely escaped a fast moving fire. we'll bring you details on that. >> septa workers in the city are on strike. we'll have more live team coverage of what you need to know when we come back. >> ♪
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>> breaking now on "action news," septa on strike. morn 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 to be going on today. >> and of course this affects hundreds of thousands of
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people who rely on city buses, subways and trolleys to get to work and to school and even if you normally drive this is going to impact you, too. you could expect to see a lot more cars out there joining you on the road. >> good morning everyone. it is 5:30 a.m. on this tuesday november 1st. >> karen rogers of course leads our team coverage of the septa strike and our reporters are fanned out across the city talking with commuters and looking for any progress on contract talks. >> we will get to all of you in a moment. first we start with meteorologist, david murphy. >> day one of the septa strike and it is chilly out there. at least it's going to be on the sunny side later on as you see cloud cover is evacuating the area. we have a few more high clouds streaking in as the day goes on but generally speaking mostly sunny. get ready for cool conditions he though. in philadelphia 42 degrees on the bus stop right now. and in some cases it's an empty he bus stop. remember the yellow school buses are still running this morning but septa is on strike. 30 degrees in allentown, he 33 trenton, 38 wilmington, 31 in millville and 45 degrees in cape may. and as we roll through the today expect it to


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