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Riders relieved Philadelphia rail strike is over


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Passengers are relieved that Philadelphia-area commuter trains are back on track before the Monday morning rush hour.

Employees ended a one-day strike early Sunday after President Barack Obama intervened.

Obama created an emergency board to mediate the contract dispute between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and two of its unions.

About 400 workers had walked off the job Saturday. They’ve been working without a labor agreement for several years.

Rider Steve Bessler says he was a bit stressed thinking about potential commuting problems he might face getting into work Monday.

Now, Bessler says he’s glad to be able to take his normal train from northeast Philadelphia to his job downtown.

SEPTA’s regional rail lines carry about 60,000 passengers each weekday.