Facing the threat of a debilitating transit strike in less than 24 hours, New York banks are promising it will be business as usual Wednesday, though much of the local industry's work force may be late or unable to make it to work.

Defiantly, banks say they will use car pools, private cars and buses, and skeleton shifts to keep doors open. Their efforts have been coordinated through the New York Clearing House, which began last week to organize how bankers will get to work.

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