The Philadelphia SEPTA transit strike continues. A judge denied an injunction Friday but will revisit Monday potentially issuing an injunction ordering workers back in light of the election. Getting Philadelphia voters to the polls Tuesday is key to the Democrats’ strategy in Pennsylvania, a crucial state for Clinton and for control of the Senate.
Meanwhile, as the negotiations continue:
In the meantime, some Philadelphia residents have started offering free rides to the disabled and the elderly. And a political action committee is funding rides to the polls via the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft.
The transportation needs of the elderly, the disabled, and voters all were cited by SEPTA in its effort to seek an injunction that would end the strike.
The PAC, based in Menlo Park, Calif., is called My Ride to Vote, at myridetovote.org. As of midafternoon Sunday, it had raised more than $210,000 from 2,800 donors through a crowdfunding platform called CrowdPac.
Would-be voters can get a ride to the polls worth up to $15 by entering the code VOTEPA on Uber or Lyft, said Anna Soellner, who co-founded the PAC with tech entrepreneurs Marc Porat and Adam Berke. The funds also are being used to support rides in North Carolina and Florida, through a group called Voto Latino, she said.