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TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to Subsidize Rail Travel to Stop Global Warming!

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, americans, congress, petition, globalwarming, climatechange, co2emissions, transportation, travel )

- 3438 days ago -
Rail travel is grossly under-subsidized in the United States. In 2002, Amtrak received only $500 million in subsidies, whereas highway construction received $30 BILLION. Rail travel is MUCH more efficient and is better for our society and the planet!

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Ruud Hulspas (35)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 11:17 am
A high-speed train system would allow a Boston-NYC trip to take less than 1 hour, instead of the current 4 hours. The government should sent a team of engineers to Europe - it's been done.

Wednesday November 19, 2008, 6:16 pm
yes i agree, if we had amtrack connected to more major cities it would be easier to travel, cheaper and more effiecent. Americans need a way to start traveling that doesnt take so much gas.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 6:52 pm
all signed, Peter
thank you

. (0)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 7:09 pm
great idea noted

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 7:31 pm
great idea
noted & Thank you Peter

Wednesday November 19, 2008, 7:33 pm
Noted & signed. TY to Birdie for the message. Great idea, more jobs for people. Better for the earth. Peter, when I clicked on site & it went to sign the petition. It said '0' had signed. I will go back now & have another look. But thats a bit sad.

Wednesday November 19, 2008, 7:35 pm
Peter the petition didn't take mine either, plus I put a comment too.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 7:58 pm
ut oh mine wont go in either
I thought I signed
but the count is at 0 signatures
unless Im looking at it wrong

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 8:00 pm
Your search - Urge Congress to Subsidize Passenger Rail! - did not match any documents

Chris Otahal (507)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 8:06 pm
Peter - you need to save this as a "final" petition - it is not taking signatures now because it is a "draft" version...

Susan M (239)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 8:17 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday November 19, 2008, 8:23 pm
We had at one point in our history the best rail system in the world. Now we lag in that as well as so many other places. You can't be the best then rest on your laurals.

. (0)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 3:21 am
Signed !

Raymond M Burton (156)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 3:57 am
Got it Birdie. Thanks Peter Please do as Chris advises

Ruud Hulspas (35)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 6:54 am
It's about 19 hours later now, but still doesn't show any signatures - I signed twice now, but still nothing shows. The petition seems to go like the politics around Amtrack have been going for years: voices in support don't get through ...

Michelle M (159)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 8:49 am
Noted and signed.

Marion Y (322)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 9:04 am
I signed too. Hopefully this will be fixed as it is a great cause.

. (0)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 10:12 am
Noted and signed with thanks Peter.
Thanks for sending this to me Birdie.

Melvin T (0)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 11:00 am
The price of traveling longer distances on the railroad is way too high making it cheapwer to travel by any other means. While subsidizing, bring the price down to make rail transportation feasable.

Summer Daze (162)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 11:22 am
I tried to sign also. Didn't work. Still says 0 signatures. Great idea! Hope you get it worked out so we can all sign! Noted with thanks!

Elena P (549)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 2:15 pm
TRied as well. Nothing yet!
Noted with thanks though.

Frank Mancuso (44)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 2:21 pm
The future is trains and horses.

Melvin T (0)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 4:02 pm
Horses is ideal. Stores and shopping centers will have to set up tying rails and water troughs.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 4:54 pm
Hmmmm, my signature didn't take either. Someone needs to check out what the problem is! I'm totally for anything that would support MASS TRANSPORTATION in more populated areas of this country. No matter what kind of cars we make, mass transportation is the BEST way to handle polution, congested streets....and why aren't we building them? Because people here are TOO LAZY to stand waiting for a lightrail come by, and too rushed to make the time in their schedules to coordinate with jumping on ANYTHING that you can't access from anywhere but the garage!


Melvin T (0)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 5:17 pm
The down side of public transportation are the nutjobs who hang around bus stops and train stations. The police are powerless because of human rights for inhumans. It has to be legal for qualified, law abiding citizens to have a concealed weapons permit. Naturally, you may never use a weapon but if the crazies know someone is armed, they have a tendency to be more docile and less aggresive.

Louise L (48)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 5:17 pm
I've tried in the past to use rail, and it is never available where I want to go! If it were expanded, I think it's just the best idea! Please fix the petition! Thanks, Peter.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 9:30 pm
Would love to sign. WTF?

goal: 1,000


Candy L (473)
Friday November 21, 2008, 2:43 am
Petition still not working!

Patricia M (2)
Friday November 21, 2008, 6:49 am
I tried to sign too -- thought it "took" but it didn't. I'm all for government subsidization of passenger rail. My grandfather worked for the railroad for decades. My dad is a civil engineer, who worked on highways among other things. He has always commented that the government HEAVILY subsidizes the trucking industry because roads need to be built much, MUCH stronger to stand up to commercial trucks than if they only handled passenger vehicles. I'd much rather have my money subsidizing passenger rail.

Peter Mcevoy (41)
Friday November 21, 2008, 8:39 am
It's all published now. Sorry about that! When I first "published" the petition, it took a really long time and eventually said it was published, but I guess not. It's all right now!

Thanks for all your support!

Raymond M Burton (156)
Friday November 21, 2008, 9:09 am
Everyone must sign again.

Thanks for your activism Peter!

Jillyanne M (718)
Friday November 21, 2008, 3:00 pm
You all need to go back and sign it again. It is taking signatures now, I am number six only so everybody on this message that is truly interested needs to go back in and sign!!! Is there a way that this can be reposted? Otherwise, it isn't going to get the signatures it needs.

Melvin T (0)
Friday November 21, 2008, 3:19 pm
The main thing in public transportation is coordination of various transportation vehicles. While providing help at a football game in San Diego, there were fans from all parts of the country. They had various opinions about the game but they all unanamously agreed San Diego had the worst connection system of any place they had been. I noted when a trolley would stop to unload, a bus would leave nearly empty a few seconds earlier thus not permitting a connection so the passengers would have to needlessly wait another 15 to 30 minutes. A railroad system seems to be more organized.

Judith Jaehn (199)
Friday November 21, 2008, 3:29 pm
Signed, # 7, and sent to others! Noted!
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