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5,200 transit workers walk off the job in Philadelphia

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The bus was empty and the sign in the window said simply "Take Next Bus." Except there was no next bus.

About 5,200 transit workers finished their routes and walked off the job Monday after going more than two months without a new contract. The strike forced thousands of commuters in and around the nation's fifth-largest city to find new ways to and from work.Robert Campbell, 35, usually takes the bus to work from south Philadelphia but now must drive.

"You do what you have to do," he said with a shrug.

The strike is the second by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority in three years and the fifth since a 44-day walkout in 1977. The union's last strike, in March 1995, ended after 14 days.