Lines snaked through Suburban Station as the Tuesday evening commute began. Striking TWU members blocked Regional Rail tracks, causing massive delays on SEPTA's only fully operating system.

Lines snaked through Suburban Station as the Tuesday evening commute began. Striking TWU members blocked Regional Rail tracks, causing massive delays on SEPTA's only fully operating system.

Angie Nassar

SEPTA Strike Day 1: SEPTA gets an injunction to keep picketers off Regional Rail tracks

We’ll update this post throughout the evening.

Updated 5:54 p.m. Nov. 1.

SEPTA obtained an injunction from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to allow train crews to access facilities previously blocked by pickets.

“Cancelations are subsiding,” the email from the transit agency said, “however, significant delays are expected to continue through rush hour system-wide on Regional Rail. While TWU strike-related demonstrations are permitted, the injunction bars picketers from interfering with Regional Rail service.”

Philly’s Tuesday evening rush hour began with an email from SEPTA: “We are recommending passengers seek alternative modes of travel.”

That message was for Regional Rail passengers. Though RR is SEPTA’s only system currently operating in full during the strike that went into effect Tuesday morning, Transit Workers Union members were picketing on the rail tracks, creating delays and stoppages on the train lines as early as 4 p.m.

“Seems to me like that should be illegal,” passenger Colleen Dewald told Billy Penn as she stood in a very long line at Suburban Station Tuesday evening. City buses, trolleys and subways remain offline.

With nearly all SEPTA lines out of service or severely delayed, commuters were quick to publicize their transit complaints on Twitter:

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