Philadelphia, November 1, 2016) – In light of the SEPTA City Division service interruption, Mayor Kenney issued the following statement:

“I urge both SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union to maintain communication despite the work stoppage.  Tens of thousands of Philadelphians rely on the buses, trolleys and subways, so it is vital for everyone that this situation be resolved as quickly as possible.

“And I urge residents to have patience during this period.  We expect that traffic will be greatly impacted, so make alternate travel arrangements as soon you are able, including carpooling, walking and biking.  Check with your employer about the possibility of a flexible work schedule to avoid the rush hours.  And please — check on elderly neighbors who rely on SEPTA for trips to the grocery store or doctor.  This period won’t be easy, but by pulling together as a community we can lessen the difficulties for everyone.”

[Note: the City’s Emergency Operations Center will activate at 5am, and will be the primary point of contract for the press for updates on city services and public safety.  An advisory will be issued at that time].