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Philadelphia commuters hit clogged roads on strike’s Day 4

A pedestrian passes a locked rail station in west Philadelphia Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016. Commuters scrambled Tuesday to find alternate ways to travel as transit workers in Philadelphia hit the picket lines after the city's main transit agency and a union representing about 4,700 workers failed to reach a contract agreement. The union went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, shutting down Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority buses, trolleys and subways that provide about 900,000 rides a day. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

A pedestrian passes a locked rail station in west Philadelphia Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016. Commuters scrambled Tuesday to find alternate ways to travel as transit workers in Philadelphia hit the picket lines after the city’s main transit agency and a union representing about 4,700 workers failed to reach a contract agreement. The union went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, shutting down Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority buses, trolleys and subways that provide about 900,000 rides a day. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Commuters are hitting clogged roads, jumping on bikes and organizing carpools as the Philadelphia’s transit strike enters Day 4.

Transit workers hit the picket lines again Friday morning as no contract agreement was reached overnight.

On Thursday, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority asked for assurances from the city’s striking transit union that it will suspend its walkout on Election Day if no contract agreement is reached by then.

The agency says it will go to court to try to force transit employees to work on Nov. 8.

The head of the Transport Workers Union local says SEPTA should focus instead on reaching a settlement.

The union’s 4,700 workers walked off the job after midnight Monday, shutting down transit service that provides about 900,000 rides a day.

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