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Philadelphia area commuter rail strike threatened


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Commuter trains serving the Philadelphia area might stop running this weekend if last-ditch contract negotiations fail.

Federal mediators have asked the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to meet Friday with unions representing engineers and electricians.

A spokesman for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen says workers will strike Saturday unless an agreement is reached.

Union spokesman Stephen Bruno says SEPTA’s proposed compensation package is not in line with what the agency has offered other transit unions. SEPTA says the deal is fair and fiscally responsible.

Regional rail serves about 126,000 passengers each weekday in the Philadelphia suburbs of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams says buses, trolleys and subways will still operate.