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Oct 13, 3:09 PM EDT

Commuter train engineers strike deal with SEPTA


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Engineers who operate commuter trains in the Philadelphia area have reached a tentative contract with the regional transit agency.

The union announced Monday that it struck a five-year deal with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The union's 200 members still must ratify it.

A SEPTA spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the agreement lasts through July and includes a 13.3 percent raise.

Engineers have been working without a contract since 2010. They staged a one-day strike in June, but were forced back to work by the appointment of two Presidential Emergency Boards.

SEPTA's 13 suburban rail lines carry about 60,000 passengers each weekday.

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