Governor may seek US help in Philly transit strike


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is considering whether to ask President Barack Obama to intervene in a commuter rail strike affecting tens of thousands of people in the Philadelphia region.

Press secretary Jay Pagni said Saturday that Corbett is gathering information about his options.

One is to ask Obama to appoint an emergency board to intervene in the negotiations and block a strike for up to 240 days.

Workers at the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s regional rail system went on strike Saturday. The move shuts down 13 train lines that carry commuters to the suburbs and to Philadelphia International Airport.

The strike adds to commuting headaches in the region, where major construction projects are making it more difficult than usual to get around.

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