The Fraternal Order of Transit Police (FOTP) Lodge #109 has notified SEPTA that Transit Police officers will go on strike, effective immediately. The FOTP represents 178 officers with the SEPTA Transit Police Department. SEPTA does not expect the strike to result in any service disruptions for customers.
SEPTA has been negotiating with the FOTP in hopes of reaching a fair and equitable contract agreement. We urge the FOTP to return to the bargaining table so a resolution can be reached.
To ensure the continued safety and security of our customers and employees, SEPTA has implemented a strike contingency plan. There are 49 SEPTA police supervisors who remain on duty, and they will work 12-hour shifts on patrols throughout the system. In addition, the Philadelphia Police Department will provide assistance, including an increased presence at major transportation centers at school dismissal time, and checks of stations, cashier booths and vehicles throughout the service day. Police in suburban communities will also help with patrols and responses in outlying parts of the SEPTA system.
SEPTA customers should continue to call 911 or dial SEPTA Transit Police dispatchers at (215) 580-8111 if they need assistance, or to report suspicious or unusual activity. Customers can also report incidents to police using the SEPTA Transit Watch app, which is available as a free download for Apple and Android customers. For more information about the SEPTA Transit Watch app, including links for downloads, visit http://septa.org/safety/septa-transit-watch.html.