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trolley to get them from door to door, you're taking a look at pat dion, the septa chairman who will be telling us about the deal. >> he is in what would have been termed enemy headquarters over the last several days because of the verbal jockeying going on between septa and the union. there's willie brown. >> they are waiting for the news cast to start, 5:30 half-hour. it sounds counsel he is ready t, here's pat dion chairman of the septa board about to announce that the strike is over. >> we're pleased to announce a tentative agreement with local 234, this will end the strike the city transit division phased back in today. we believe it's fair to our
employees and customers and taxpayers, we know the strike has caused hardship to thousand of riders of we cannot thank our customers enough for their patience, we look forward to getting full service back as soon as possible. we thank those who worked tireless to get the agreement done. i would like to thank governor wolf, his appointee and one of the guys that was spectacular during the whole negotiation, representative dwight evans, mayor kenny, congressman brady and other officials who helped to keep the parties at the bargaining table. i would like to thank the employees at septa for the hard work who worked around the clock to get the agreement done. i would like to thank tw local president willie brown for the union leadership to find common
ground to reach the settlement today. it's been a long few days here, we have people in the room who did a great job bringing it altogether, i can't talk enough about dwight and willie working this out at the last two or three days, thank you all for coming this morning, most will be riding the system home around 5:00 p.m. >> it really takes us most of the day to get up to full service levels. by tomorrow morning, the start of service we should be good. >> people at the backups now? >> it's hit or miss, as the employees report for duty and we have enough of them, we'll activate a route and so over the course of the day, service will come back up. >> so as of right now, employees will start whatever their job is? >> correct. >> okay, you should be able to get a bus for the pm rush.
>> even the pm rush we should be mostly good, it usually takes a full 24 hours for us to be running absolutely full service normal service. >> what do you expect to be riding first, buses trains? probably the broad street and the el will come out pretty soon, we try to put out the heavier bus routes first and progresses on as the day goes on. >> what would you say your able to come to an agreement on, while there seems to be sticking points with the pension, can you give us any details of the contract and where you're able to get over a hump so to speak. >> i think these guys worked on it on a good agreement that's fair for all parties involved, the union has to take it back for ratification and go through the process, we will not comment at this point in time. >> how much did the election weigh on both of you as you were coming up on last night and this
morning. >> on my side the election was just one factor, but i think the riding public that we had out there was more important as far as board and everybody working together and get this thing done. >> we were trying to get a contract and that's what we did. >> mayor kenny inter veenld in the lawsuit and -- intervened in the lawsuit and governor wolf, did that motivate you to get the deal done? >> we were there for a week trying to get the job done and we got it done. >> what's the length of the agreement? >> five years. >> can i ask everybody one question we get from riders why does it take a strike, 11 strikes since the 70s, why does it take a strike to reach a deal why can't you reach a deal
having to get to the point where both sides walk away to get to a strike in this town. >> we waited this long for that question? [laughter]. over the years i've been through three of the strikes, it's the normal course of business how it gets done in the city. it's unfortunate, but it comes out in the end it's part of process. >> there were tough issues here, when you think about president of transportation union how do we have a balance between the issue obviously the employees, the customers and the finance, government plays a role. three years ago, the chairman will tell you the quel of pennsylvania did a transportation package and that helped a great deal in funding. transit is important to the economy of the southeast and the
region and the workers and the employees all working together. you're going to have differences. i would agree with the chairman when he said that apologizing to the public for what has occurred, it's unfortunate, but we're in this together, the workers and the management it's working together. you're going like in any family you'll have differences of opinion. i think today you can see the unity this is not just fake unity, we worked deliberately every single day, the governor, the mayor, congressman brady, you see everybody and everybody had a different approach, but we got to where we got a settlement. the thing you don't want to miss is the five years, this is a five year commitment under the law the contract. other issues, i said to the president of the transportation workers, we still one of the things, we talked about the pension issues in the large
sense. i've only been on this board for a year, i said to the president of the transportation workers working with the state i'm willing to help with the finances to do some things. jeff has been in his position for a year, he has done an excellent job as the general manager of the system. one last thing i want to say, it's the chairman's birthday, too, he got a birthday present for him right there. >> it's a birthday present. >> there's an election and always the birthday. >> i would add the one thing we kind of overlook here, working with womeny and the union -- willie and the union, the bus drivers and the people out there, they are the front line people for septa, we value our drivers and we need to make that
sure going forward. >> what about the money, no city, federal or state level, will this be on taxpayers or the fares go up, where does the money come from? >> the money is in our budget now, that we have gone through, under act 44 that dwight alluded to in the state we have the obligation to make sure we are budgeted going ten years. we have a ten lookover the hydrogens it's in our budget and numbers, we think it is a fair resolution for all. there will be fare increases, that's in the legislation we have to do fare increases every two years. it's in that budgetary process. there's no new money needed for this. >> what are the broad like terms of the deal. >> again, we're not going to discuss that until after they ratified.
>> somebody who is hear stays in the background, he works on mayor kenny's behalf, richie over there, rivery does point work and he was throughout the whole process, the mayor assigned him to be a part of it, make sure we thank him for all his work in the mayor's office. >> when the injunction was asked, how did that affect negotiations did that raise the temperature and make it more difficult to reach the agreement? >> no with the contract information in hand -- >> everything was status quo pretty much even with things coming out and the election coming up, did you have have blinders on to all of that? >> number one, one thing about me when i am in negotiations, i don't read the newspapers, i don't watch tv, i guess you could say i had blinder on, i knew about it, but i didn't pay
attention. >> no matter whether there's an injunction or election, the reality of it is, i talked to the president, we knew this could be settled at point. in the reality of it, the president of union he was director -- he was very direct about it, it's hard for you to believe, they are focused on how to get this done. i know those outside factors you may think were there, both of them they are pros and professionals between jeff and willie they were the two driving forces. >> can we get congressman brady to step up here? mr. brady you stepped forward early on in this as the democratic chair of the city of philadelphia. expressing your concern. >> hooray, the september too
strike is over, five year deal being announced right now. the terms of the deal not clear, what you're hearing you will see service come back online by this afternoon by the evening rush, in terms of full normal you will not see that until tomorrow morning. >> karen you're first up, we'll have to go through a day long process to see things pop up here and there. >> reporter: septa strike is over, the next question is what's next. in previous statements they said it takes four to six hours to begin the phase and process. you think in the first things phased in, would be the broad line and the market frankford line. we'll start with that first. we don't think it will begin for another several hours, plan 0 on your alternate commute again today. the next thing they will phase in are the more congests city
buses. they don't expect it until tomorrow morning. you'll see the market frankford line and congested city buses. 16 minute delays with the trenton line, 24 minute with the pay locally thorndale -- pay old low thorndale. >> reporter: there was such a concern about election day, people getting to the polls all of that, looks like that's going to be okay, because all the service expected to be running normally tomorrow morning. weather wise, it's going to be a cool one. lack of evidence cloud cover shows all the sunshine on the way. 41 degrees in philadelphia. in the 30s allentown trenton and most of the outlying suburbs. 47 by 10:00 a.m., 53 by no noon, 58 degrees before we dip back to 06 degrees by 6:00 p.m. we'll be back with more on the
can't snap their fingers and get the service running again. let's find out what to expect with that and the other parts of the commute. >> reporter: expect gridlock, vine street expressway local vine broad, everything running fine, people continue to drive to work taking regional rail. it's going to be a process to get things back up and running again. full service knot in effect until tomorrow morning's commute. we're seeing delays kicking in at this early hour, 16 minute delay with the train on the trenton line. 24 minute delay on paoli torn daily -- thorndale line. 14 minute on the fox chase line. tomorrow morning commute will be back to normal today not the case. in addition to the gridlock you'll see in center city because of people drive to go
work. we have more challenges, this is the big clinton rally where the obamas and the clintons will be there. beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning another reason to have gridlock through the city. a look at the commuter traffic report, lenape drive in lower providence, an accident at lenape drive. 32 in quakertown, 41 in center city. 35 in browns mills this morning. 33 in vineland. 37 in dover. breaking news, we have learned that former u.s. attorney general janet reno died from complications of parkinsons disease. reno was the first woman to serve as the top law enforcer. one of the clinton's administration most recognized and polarizing figure.
reno is remembered for her no nonsense style friendly saying i don't do spin and the buck stops with me, janet reno was 78 years old. police have cordoned off cushing, oklahoma, earthquake. it hosts one of the largest oil storage terminal. happening today, robert durst will be arraigned for the death of his friend 16 years ago. she died right before she was to meet with investigators in new york city. robert durst was arrested in new orleans and pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. jury selection resumes for
dylan roof charged in the murder of nine people at a historic black church in south carolina. roof is compleegd not -- pleadig not
guilty. lawyers have whittled down the jury pool from 3,000 to 500. the 500 will start individual questioning to be on the jury today. katie: my mom was a restaurant hostess
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never complained. my dad was a police officer walking his beat. i learned from both what it means to be honest, to work hard, and love family. big banks, wall street, special interests - that's who pat toomey's with. in the senate, i'll work for you and your family. i'm katie mcginty, and i approve this message. >> 5:51 a.m., good morning everyone, hip hip hooray, the septa strike is over. we're looking at the transportation center, just because the strike is over, doesn't mean everything is
running. the market frankford el which runs through this location may be the first thing we see running along with the broad street subway line and the buses after that. expect another jammed up morning rush because all the service will not be up and running this morning. people know this time tomorrow they will be back to normal. >> reporter: back to normal for election day, today not the case, expect more congestion on the roads. like i-95 we've seen heavier traffic with people driving into work. that's the case this morning. this is i-95 at cottman we jammed approaching to past cottman heading toward center city the traffic on your right. a new accident coming in in burlington county, lumberton township, 38 at main street blocking the left lane. >> reporter: a chilly start out there, temperature 41 in philadelphia. low to upper 30s across the region. 35 in millville. 32 in reading him quick look at
the seven day. high this afternoon of 58 degrees, that will be a cool one, that doesn't appear to be the correct seven day, i have no idea how that got up there. in any event we're looking at a high of 58 degrees this afternoon and then as we head into tomorrow, election day, a high of 67. so it will be cool in the morning at the polls and getting nice in the afternoon, for the evening voting probably in the low 60s and upper 50s, not a bad election day ahead. >> you can get all these details right now at any time at 6abc.com/weather. the colonial pipeline is back in service today. a portion the gas line in alabama exploded a week ago. it transports fuel from the gulf up to the east coast in new york city, the blast killed one person and injured four people.
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west oak lane home. officers responded to the home in the 1900 block of elseton street. his stsh found him un-- sister found him unresponsive. the case is being handled by the special victims unit. a fallen firefighter was honored in philadelphia. city fire officials dedicated academy road to battalion chief
to michael r.goodwin senior. goodwin was killed while battling a blaze in 2013. >> no fines for this excessive celebration at eagles game. a retired new jersey state trooper surprised his girlfriend by proposing to her at met life stadium. he was paralyzed from a car accident while on duty in 2005. his trooper friend helped pull off the surprise. his girlfriend said yes. >> we brought you the live announcement minutes ago, there's a deal in place, we have a live update on what's included coming up next. >> delaware's pumpkin chunkin' event returns and two people are injured when a homemade cannon explodes.
>> good morning it is 6:00 a.m., monday, november 7. breaking right now. >> the septa strike is finally over. a week of misery for commuters is coming to a close we're live with the developing details. pennsylvania is the hot spot for last minute campaign spots. we're live with the details. >> the birds fall to the giants in a crucial matchup. >> septa agrees to a five year deal, but we're anticipating a bit of a jammed up morning rush. annie mccormick who has covered the strike from the beginning is live from the transport workers union headquarters, annie. >> repor