The lack of public transportation caused by the SEPTA strike that began early Tuesday morning is taking its toll on the Temple community.
“It’s the only way I can get to school unless I pay a taxi,” sophomore international business major Trisha Swed said. “I use it anywhere from two to six trips a day depending on my schedule.”
The strike is forcing students to find other means of transportation if they plan on being present in class.
“It costs me $15 just to get here, without even going home. Now I’m paying taxis and going completely broke until it’s over,” said Swed. “Hopefully it will be over soon.”
The strike is not only affecting students.
“It took me 25 minutes to ride 6.7 miles to school today, so if I sound a little froggy or look a little disheveled, that’s why,” said Assistant Professor Shenid Bhayroo, Ph.D. from the Department of Journalism jokingly to his class.
From students to teachers to administrative faculty, numerous people are being required to look towards alternative forms of transportation.
“I usually take the subway everywhere, so when I heard [about the strike] on the news this morning, I said ‘oh no, I’m going to have to walk’,” said Brian Basenfelder, a clerical employee in Temple’s undergraduate admissions office who is now being compelled to walk twice a day for a total of 80 minutes to get to and from work each day.
Despite the inconvenience, Temple University will hold all classes and events as scheduled, and employees are expected to arrive to work on time. However, departments are permitted to adjust schedule times in order to avoid peak transportation hours. Temple will also be providing reduced-rate parking and are encouraging its students and faculty to partake in carpooling.
The length of the strike is uncertain. SEPTA officials declined to comment on the issue.
“If the Phillies win the World Series, I think it will be settled,” Basenfelder predicted. “If not, I give it another week and a half.”
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