PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The transit agency serving the Philadelphia area says it’s had to cancel some regional rail trains on weekends because of a shortage of engineers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/199WU0N ) eight Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trains had to be canceled Saturday because of crew shortages.
SEPTA has 194 locomotive engineers. A spokeswoman, Jerri Williams, says it needs 213 to be fully staffed. She says 66 percent of engineers aren’t available for weekend work because they’ve already worked all the hours allowed by federal rules. On Saturday, 12 engineers called out.
Union representative Tom Dorricott says SEPTA hasn’t been hiring enough people.
Engineers and conductors have been working without new labor contracts since 2009. But Dorricott and Williams say the labor impasse hasn’t prompted crews to stay off the job.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com