Riders relieved Philadelphia rail strike is over

PHILADELPHIA — 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.

More in Local News

Bicycle tour raises money for dialysis patients

Volunteers also shared health information and put together care packages for homeless women.

Elderly couple escape serious injuries in crash with train

The driver drove down tracks instead of a road, hitting a slow-moving train near Stanwood.

Boeing reaches out to schools

Company employees helped Everett students at recent reading and Manufacturing Day events.

5-vehicle collision sends school bus into ditch; no injuries

No students were hurt when a school bus crashed into… Continue reading

Fire crew returns early from wildfires in Northern California

Four Everett firefighters returned from battling California wildfires late Thursday… Continue reading

Theft lands former insurance salesman 50 days in jail

A former insurance salesman is expected to report to jail… Continue reading

Pair of intrepid musicians climb N. Cascades summits to play

Rose Freeman and Anastasia Allison pack their instruments up mountains for high-altitude recitals.

Everett mayoral campaign is one of the priciest ever

Many campaign donors are giving to both Cassie Franklin and Judy Tuohy.

Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein (left) and Elizabeth Reed, of Snohomish, share something humorous during an interview at Reed’s Snohomish High School Class of 1942 reunion in September 2016. Muhlstein is marking 20 years as a columnist, with about 3,000 of them published in The Herald. Counting her early days as a reporter and editor, she has been with The Herald for 36 years. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
3,000 stories in 20 years: Here are some of my favorites

As a Daily Herald columnist, I’ve met remarkable people and learned much since 1997.

Most Read