Ahh, Septa. You are completely unreliable, your customer service has always been lacking in the courtesy department; yet you still hold the city hostage. Its time to discuss the Septa Strike 2009…but first we should talk the strike history of this organization. I won’t go into details about strikes prior to 1998 (although in the time from its formation August 17, 1963 up until 1998, Septa has gone on strike seven times); however, I will say to strike 10 times in 45 years can leave long time residents with a bad taste in their mouth.
Websites have been founded with the sole cause of venting about Septa. With every strike the city residents suffer, the little trust they had in the organization dramatically decreases. After the last waves of strikes, Septa had to offer free rides to Philadelphia residents in order to get riders back on their buses and trains. With the economy the way it is, the increase in fares over the last few years, and the massive customer service issues, the strike was simply NOT a good idea. Bus drivers already make roughly twice the amount of the national average, and after 5 years they can make roughly $50,000 a year. I could have skipped going to college and taken a job driving a bus. Who needs brains? Ridership is down roughly 5%, and is sure to go down even more due to this strike.
Well, one person won’t get around today…
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