More than 350,000 daily passengers are counting on SEPTA and its workers to reach a labor pact without a strike. But as important as uninterrupted service is to the city and its economy, there's a good deal more riding on an agreement between the transit agency and its 5,500 bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, and mechanics.
With a recent infusion of $400 million a year in state funding championed by Gov. Corbett, and with improved service and finances under general manager Joseph M. Casey, SEPTA also has a newly burnished reputation that it must keep on track. That's vital not only to sustaining riders' loyalty, but also to continued support from Harrisburg, signaling to civic, corporate, and tourism interests that the region's transit network is a reliable asset.