Petition Tag - train

1. Support Commuter Rail Service to Foxborough

The Town of Foxborough is one of the only towns in the region to have a train station without the benefit of regular commuter rail service. A number of studies and surveys have shown a need for additional commuter rail service to this region while supporting environmental justice communities by providing more public transportation opportunities, specifically additional commuter rail service. Establishing regular commuter rail service to Foxborough is also consistent with decades of local, state and regional planning policies and initiatives, including the Stadium Act and Economic Development Area Overlay Zoning (1999), Foxborough’s Economic Development Master Plan (2013), Foxborough’s Master Plan (2014) and Foxborough’s Route 1 Economic Development study (2015).
To introduce this type of service to Foxborough, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is contemplating a 1-year pilot program for weekday commuter rail service to Foxborough via Foxboro Station. The pilot calls for extending existing Fairmount Line trains from Readville Station to Foxboro Station. The program would provide peak period and midday commuter rail service on weekdays.
The goal of establishing weekday commuter rail service to Foxborough is to address system constraints and spur new economic development opportunities in the region by maximizing use of existing and available infrastructure. By establishing additional commuter rail service to Foxboro Station, this region has the potential to unlock up to $1.3 billion in additional annual economic output in the Route 1 Corridor and create thousands of new full-time jobs through new economic development opportunities. This type of smart, transit-oriented growth cannot be realized without improved public transportation to this region.
Additional benefits for this service include:
• Improving commuter rail service by satisfying established demand for service to Foxboro Station while alleviating congestion at existing stations within the region.
• Providing commuters with ample parking (500 parking spaces available for all MBTA passengers with no residential restrictions). Parking availability will alleviate commuter parking and train congestion at other stations in the area.
• Attracting a more diverse and qualified candidate pool for employers in the Tri-Town region.
• Taking more cars off the roads (current drive times from the Tri-Town region to Boston range from 45 minutes to 2 hours)
• Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increases energy savings and provides healthy transit options.
This proposed commuter rail service to Foxboro Station is sponsored by the Town of Foxborough and supported by Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen, Foxborough’s Economic Development Committee, Foxborough residents, the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sharon, the Town of Franklin, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, Foxborough’s Route 1 Business Association, The Kraft Group, Schneider Electric and Dorel Juvenile Group.
If approved by the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board (FMCB), the pilot program is anticipated to commence in 2018. For the economic, transportation and environmental benefits outlined above, we, the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, fully support the proposed commuter rail pilot program to the Town of Foxborough and encourage you to join us in recommending its approval to the FMCB.

2. Place safety features around the railroad on Kendrick Road in Pelham, AL

Kendrick Road in Pelham, Alabama has a railway that has no bars, and no lights that signify if a train is coming. Just recently, relatives of mine were driving on that road one night when a train blindsided them because there were no safety features to notify drivers for an approaching train. In consequence, they have been seriously injured. They are lucky that they are two strong survivors from this accident; however, they are currently in the ICU with serious disclosed injuries.
How many more accidents like this will Shelby County/ The city of Pelham will allow? Within our constitutional rights, the government's sole purpose is to protect its citizens. Knowing there is a railway with no bars, or lights frightens me for the safety of other drivers. This could have been an elderly couple, a teenager who's at the brink of high school, eager to start their life; this could have even been you.
This petition will be used to push an incentive to Shelby County, and Pelham mayor Don Murphy to place safety features around this railway on Kendrick Road. I deeply urge you all to help make change so no family has to hurt, help save a life. Be the difference.

Kalvin Robinson

3. Renew, not Remove: Buffalo's Downtown Train Station

Please see the attached video.

4. Penn State Model Railroad's Search for a New Home

The Penn State Model Railroad Club has been a recognized Student Organization at Penn State for 62 years. In this time, our club has built five different layouts in several different locations. Our current layout is in the basement of Pinchot Hall, at University Park. This layout represents over fifteen years of work by dozens of club members over the years. We host open house events three to four times a year, where we welcome students and families from the area to view the work we have done on our layout. Hundreds of people visit over each weekend event, where we talk about our club's history, we demonstrate different aspects of the work we do, and we even teach young children how to drive trains on our layout. Additionally, we often open our club to University classes to discuss historical and logistical details about railroads. We love sharing the work we do and showing the significance of the model railroading hobby.

Due to impending renovations to our current home building, the Model Railroad Club is losing our space. We need support and recognition from our University administration so we can find a new building to call home. Fifteen years of work on our current layout will be wasted, as we are forced to dismantle our main layout and relocate a significant amount of tools, small layouts, and historic artifacts. After 62 years of work, the Model Railroad Club needs help so we may continue sharing our hobby with the world. We only hope the University administration will help us in our quest for a new home.

5. Save Piasa Rd Railroad

The railroad is wanting to shut down the Piasa railroad crossing for the high speed train.

This will slow the rescue teams getting to emergencies as well as slowing down morning and evening commutes for the locals.

Also, this will make all the local farmers travel along highway 267 instead of taking back roads, which will slow down traffic as well as making for a more dangerous situation for the farmers.

6. Permit every train to stop at Energlyn & Churchill park Railway station

There is a lovely new station at Energlyn & Churchill park, yet not all trains stop there.

This makes the stop difficult to use and means that people in the area have to go to the next stop, which is quite a walk!! Please sign the petition to get ALL trains to stop at this station and make full use of the money spent on it!

7. Don't allow freight trains to block the street between Pacific and Scott St. in Franklin Park

I've lived in this neighborhood for over 48 years and never had a problem with the freight trains stopped and blocking the street except in the past 2 years.

My job requires that I get to work promptly and not be late. I can't do this with the trains blocking the street I take to work every morning. When this happens you have to go the long way to Mannheim Road from Pacific. Then the traffic is all blocked up because it's a busy street to get on to. There are no traffic lights so you have your school buses, trucks, cabs, cars, vans etc. all lined up to turn maybe about 20 cars to wait until it's your turn. By then my day starts off very badly and I'm stressed out.

I called the Police Department several times all they can tell me is the same thing over and over again that they are monitoring the situation. They have nothing else to tell me except that. So there is still a problem. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
stressed out over this situation.

8. Take Down or Replace Inaccurate Sign at the Amqui Station

A plaque was affixed to the Amqui Station Museum and Visitor's Center (Madison, TN) in late 2013 that features multiple inaccuracies.

Entreaties to the Executive Director (Cate Hamilton) and Board of Directors of Discover Madison, Inc., (Carson W. "Bill" Beck, Karen Bennett, Anthony Davis, Rose Robertson Smith) the non-profit that manages the facility, plus the Tennessee Department of Transportation (Neil Hansen) who awarded the grant monies, have failed to incite action to either remove the sign or replace it with one that is correct.

9. Bike carriage for Belair Train

Adelaide has a population of over one million people, many of them have and use their bicycles to get to work as well as for leisure and exercise. Several initiatives are underway to make Adelaide one of the top bicycle friendly cities in the world. Cycle tourism has proven to be both popular and lucrative throughout the world and Adelaide is determined to become a key cycling tourism destination.

Local leisure cyclists, commuters and tourists will benefit from more open and welcoming access to rail transport in South Australia. Currently cyclists can only access the Belair train outside of peak hours and often only two bikes are allowed on the train at a time (even when the train appears empty). Allowing cyclists better access to rail transport will assist in making South Australia a Mecca for mountain bike tourism whilst reducing the number of bikes on the treacherous roads leading to the hills south of Adelaide.

This petition will be delivered to the CEO of the Department of transport and Infrastructure and will be copied to the five State Government ministers with related portfolios.

10. Save the national railways museums in York and Shildon

York National Railway Museum closure threat 'a tragedy'.

York's National Railway Museum generated £443m for the city each year, said council leaders.

The threatened closure of York's National Railway Museum (NRM) would be a "tragedy" for the city's economy and tourism, council leaders have said.

The Science Museum Group, which runs the NRM, has warned it could close if further budget cuts were made.

In a letter to the culture secretary, York Council's party leaders said the NRM played a "vital" role in the city.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it was inappropriate for it to speculate about possible cuts.

The Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce the outcome of a government spending review later this month.

'Damaging impact'
On Wednesday, the Science Museum Group (SMG) said it was in a "weak" financial position.

One of the group's three museums in the north of England would have to close if further cuts were made to its budget, it said.

As well as the National Railway Museum, the SMG also runs the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Media Museum in Bradford as well as the Science Museum in London.

In the letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, York Council's Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem and Green group leaders said they had serious concerns about the impact of any reduction in government funding for the SMG.

"It puts in jeopardy the vital contribution the National Railway Museum makes to the cultural, tourism and wider economy in this city," they said.

The museum played a "critical part" in attracting tourists to York, generating £443m for the city each year, they added.

"As the finest rail museum in the country, and most probably the world, it would be a tragedy for it even to be under consideration for closure," they said.

York council leaders called for urgent talks with Ms Miller to explain the "damaging impact" the NRM's closure could have on the city.

11. Bring More Trains to New Haven State St Station

Since its opening in 2002, the New Haven State Street Train Station has served downtown New Haven in only a limited capacity and largely serves as a Shoreline East terminus for CT Commuter Rail. Metro-North trains only serve the station on a limited morning and evening basis, with no midday trains to or from Grand Central between 10am and 3:30pm, no trains arriving or departing after 6pm, and no weekend trains.

The New Haven State Street Station is ideally located in downtown New Haven to serve the neighborhoods of Wooster Square and Downtown, which have seen significant increases in population in recent years. With the completion of the 360 State project, there are now also 500 public parking spaces available in a vibrant urban center directly across from the station, making it all the more accessible to commuters.

With residential capacity higher than ever surrounding the station, and a growing demand for more public transportation options, it is time to bring Metro-North full service to New Haven State Street Station.

12. Safe Railway Crossings in Southwest Middlesex, ON

John Jobson was hit and died from his injuries by a highspeed Via Rail train at the Pratt Siding Rd. crossing in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex. This is the 2nd fatality at this crossing where there are 2 tracks and 2 trains passing each other.

This line is owned by CN. Another track owned by CP just a few km north on the same road has no signs and high speed freight trains blow throught this track daily. We need safer railway crossings in Rural Ontario. CN and CP railway companies, Transport Canada and the Municipalities need to but Automatic Warning Devices (AWD) such as Flashing lights, Bells and Control Gates at all crossings especially in Rural Ontario. Share this link and pass this on to your friends and family as we don't know who will be the next fatality. When we know better, we do better!

Automatic Warning Devices AWD such as flashing lights, control gates and bells are needed at the Pratt Siding Road and Old Airport Road Crossing because they have 2 tracks where trains pass one another.

In Transport Canada's draft of Technical Standards and Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Requirements they recommend under section 12 GATES c) that Where Grade crossing warning systems are installed, they shall include gates if there are two or more tracks where trains may be passing one another.

13. Pratt Siding Railway Crossing, Newbury, ON

John Jobson was hit and died from his injuries by a highspeed Via Rail train at the Pratt Siding Rd. crossing in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex. This is the 2nd fatality at this crossing where there are 2 tracks and 2 trains passing each other. This line is owned by CN. Another track owned by CP just a few km north on the same road has no signs and high speed freight trains blow throught this track daily.

We need safer railway crossings in Rural Ontario. CN and CP railway companies, Transport Canada and the Municipalities need to but Automatic Warning Devices (AWD) such as Flashing lights, Bells and Control Gates at all crossings especially in Rural Ontario. Share this link and pass this on to your friends and family as we don't know who will be the next fatality. When we know better, we do better!

Automatic Warning Devices AWD such as flashing lights, control gates and bells are needed at the Pratt Siding Road and Old Airport Road Crossing because they have 2 tracks where trains pass one another.

In Transport Canada's draft of Technical Standards and Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Requirements they recommend under section 12 GATES c) that Where Grade crossing warning systems are installed, they shall include gates if there are two or more tracks where trains may be passing one another.

14. Fast train for Watford-Richmond

Journey from Watford to Richmond is between 57 minutes-112 minutes minus the walking time to and fro stations with 2-3 changes. I am working mum and now spend 3 hours travelling because I started working in Richmond.

The Train Track used for slow service can be modified to introduce faster services from Watford- Willesden Junction- Richmond and improve life of Tax paying individuals who spend a considerable amount of time travelling and penalising the family life in comparison to people who do not work or stay at home.

I feel Mayor of London and Watford should work together to improve the transport link and help improve quality of life.

15. Reinstate 7:58 Clarkson GO Train




October 24, 2011

To: Clarkson GO Customers

Subject: GO Transit Response to Online Petition

Dear Customers,

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the recent online petition asking to have the 7:58 a.m. train reinstated to start at Clarkson GO Station. We would like to explain why the decision was made to move the train’s starting point to Oakville and specifically address your concerns regarding safety, comfort and passenger convenience.

Our goal is for all of our customers to receive the same level of service across our system. We made this service change adjustment on September 3 to address the high passenger volumes at Oakville station (our second busiest, after Union Station) and help better balance passenger loads. We want to ensure that our customers are comfortable and we are continually striving to have seats available for every passenger on 80% of rush hour train trips.

In the last eight months we have been experiencing overcrowding on the 7:45 a.m. trip from Oakville. Currently, that trip carries an average of 2000 passengers, whereas the 7:58 a.m. trip from Clarkson carries an average of 1300 passengers. The seating capacity for each of these trips is 1600 passengers. By moving the Clarkson trip to originate at Oakville, we anticipated that adding an option for Oakville passengers at 7:50 a.m. would result in both trips carrying more balanced loads. This has proven to be the case, but has resulted in more customers on the Clarkson train.

We realize that the high number of passengers waiting on the platform is a concern to Clarkson GO Station customers and we apologize for this inconvenience. Currently, a section of one of the three platforms at Clarkson GO Station is temporarily closed due to construction. Once this platform construction is complete (end of November/early December), the 7:58 a.m. train will be re-routed to the south platform giving passengers more room and where passing trains are less frequent. Station attendants at all stations regularly make announcements for passengers not to block stairwells when they are aware that this is occurring.

Safety is a primary concern for us at GO Transit. Passing trains are a common occurrence on all platforms on the Lakeshore line. During the 15 minutes before the departure of the 7:58 a.m. train, two VIA trains and one GO Train pass through Clarkson. We have asked our Station Attendants to make platform announcements reminding passengers to stand well behind the yellow line. However, we must also ask our customers to always be cautious when they are waiting for any train across the GO system.

Finally, as a result of the comments in your petition, we have undertaken an audit of the on-time performance of this particular train trip since September 6.

On two occasions the train arrived at Clarkson late from Oakville. This was attributed to passenger loading at Oakville. While the dwell time at Oakville and Clarkson may have increased to accommodate the passenger loading, we can make up this additional time along the trip. Our audit shows that the 7:58 a.m. train arrived on time into Union 100% of the time. We make every effort to achieve on time performance.

Your feedback is valuable and we appreciate the time you have taken to bring your concerns to our attention. We thank you for your patience as we work towards improving the delivery of our overall service.


Gary McNeil
President, GO Transit



For many years, GO Transit operated one train that started from Clarkson GO Station and travelled directly to Union Station.

This train frequently arrived at Clarkson Station several minutes before its 7:58 am departure time, allowing passengers to wait in the train, rather than on the platform. As of September 3, 2011 GO Transit changed the service for this train so that it now starts from Oakville GO Station at 7:50 am, stops at Clarkson GO Station at 7:58 am, and then travels directly to Union Station. This change has negatively affected the passengers who embark at Clarkson Station in several ways:

SAFETY OF PASSENGERS: There are generally three high-speed trains that pass through the Clarkson GO Station (frequently without warning) between 7:50 am and 7:58 am, which could pose a hazard to passengers waiting on the platform for the 7:58 am train. Also, in inclement weather many passengers wait in the stairwell to the platform when the train has not yet arrived in the station, making it difficult for other passengers to safely navigate the stairs.

COMFORT: Due to the additional Oakville passengers, it is difficult to obtain a seat when boarding at Clarkson Station, and the aisles in the train are crowded. Also, when high-speed trains pass in inclement weather, passengers on the platform are subjected to the blowing rain and snow.

CONVENIENCE: The 7:58 train now frequently arrives 2-5 minutes late at Clarkson GO Station, which consequently delays arrival of the train at Union Station.

16. Reopen NSW Rail Network

Rail is the transport of the future. New South Wales communities are linked by a valuable community asset - it's rail network. However around 50% of its rail lines are currently non-operational. This petition calls on the NSW Government to repair and restore these lines in stages for the benefit of the people of the NSW regions.

Increasing oil prices and the need to reduce carbon
emission make reviving this network a no-brainer.

We propose a pilot: repair and restoration of the track from Canberra to Cooma, which will have the following benefits:

1. Reducing commuter traffic and increasing traffic safety on the Monaro Highway
• A large and increasing number of cars and trucks travel the highway between Cooma and Canberra daily, including many from Bredbo, Michelago and Royalla.
During the snow season, local farmers are finding stock and produce movements are increasingly hampered and unsafe.

2. More economical carriage of freight, including agricultural products and quarry material
• The renewed line would give regional centres such as Cooma, Michelago, Bredbo and Williamsdale access to the wider NSW network.

3. Better and safer access to the snow fields.

4. Increased tourism
• The train will provide a viable, attractive alternative to bus and car travel to the many tourist sites along the way.
• The Historical Railway Society’s Canberra-Michelago tourist train has been closed for over ten years. If the Government repairs the line, this train will again become a popular and successful operation.

The inevitable success of this pilot will revive enthusiasm for restoration of the rest of the NSW rail network, connecting and revitalising communities across the state.

17. Re-Open Paisley Train Station in Altona North, Melbourne

* People living in Altona North have no access to train lines;

* The nearest train stations to Altona North are 40 minutes walk away;

* Population in Altona North is large and growing rapidly. At the 2006 Census, approximately 12,500 people were living in the Altona North & Brooklyn area. Population forecasts predict that the area is expected to have just under 16,000 residents by 2020, a growth of almost three times the rate for Hobsons Bay.

* Population is growing the fastest in the age groups: Over 70 and Under 35 - groups that reply on public transport options;

* Paisley Station was operational from 1929 - 1985, and remains on the Werribee line though is overgrown;

* Paisley Station is adjacent to a large recreation precinct that is undergoing an extensive upgrade - the facility would be much more accessible if the train station was re-opened.


More about Altona North:

More about Paisley Station:

Satellite map of Paisley Station and surrounds:

Councillor Tony Briffa who is campaigning on this issue:

18. Save Erskine Football

Erskine has had a 3g Synthetic All Weather Pitch ( AWP )
for over 5 years. In those years the Community of Erskine,
Bishopton and Inchinnan have used the facility extensively
especially the Football Community who have rented the
surface from the Council for training and games.

We find it ASTONISHING! that after 5 years of renting the
facility at a cost of around £21,000 a year the Football
Community in the area has to go elsewhere for a suitable
surface to train and play on during the winter months.

Due to the Council's Pitch Strategy the new Park Mains
High School is to have a Sand Dressed AWP which the
Governing Body of Youth Football in Scotland ( SYFA ) has
TRAIN ON! The nearest 3g AWP to Erskine is Renfrew High
School so the kids of Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan will
have to travel to Renfrew at the least to train in winter on
a 3g surface.

Given the council has had an estimated £ 100,000 from
the Football Community in pitch rental over the 5 years we
find it DISGRACEFUL! that the needs of the Football
Community in Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan have
been overlooked in favour of Hockey.

Please sign our petition and join our campaign on facebook
under Save Erskine Football to provide Erskine, Bishopton
and Inchinnan with the 3g AWP that it deserves so that all
sports can be played on it.

19. Murray Bridge needs public transport improvement

Improvement of Murray Bridge Public Transport

Murray Bridge is a growing city with a current population of approximately 18-20,000 (2010). Around 2005 the town’s regular bus service was decommissioned and replaced with a ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service, which sparked controversy right across the city.

The old regular service used to run three times a day and had four different loops. Which connected the northern, western and southern suburbs to the city centre. The current ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service, leaves the main shopping centre every hour, and can take passengers right to their doorstep. The service takes an hour’s break for lunch. Both services only operate on weekdays from 8am until 4pm, and charge non-metropolitan fares.

2010 has seen some significant changes to Murray Bridge: the commencement for construction of a new large shopping mall (which will be completed towards then end of 2011), the agreement to expand the current shopping mall, rapid expansion of both inner and outer suburbs, and the commencement for construction of a new suburb development with a new multi-million dollar equine and racing facility to be included.

This has excited citizens, new opportunities, education, entertainment, and maybe a new face to Murray Bridge. But one thing is still missing, the development of a better public transport service.

Murray Bridge’s Inter-city and Regional Public Transport service isn’t any better. Murray Bridge is approximately 76km away from South Australia’s capitol, Adelaide. The inter-city service to commute citizens between the cities has seen some improvement but is still lacking so much. The cost for a High-school student to travel from Murray Bridge to Adelaide is $10.00 one way. That is way to expensive, and is even more expensive for a regular fare. Someone needing to regularly travel into the capitol is going to have to save a lot of his or her income, just for a bus ride.

Adelaide and surrounds are seeing improvements with the service provided, but what about Murray Bridge?

The national Melbourne to Adelaide railway line runs through Murray Bridge, and the city has its own railway station. In fact, include the outer suburbs of Murray Bridge; there are around 3-4 stations (Kanchina, Murray Bridge City, Rabilla and Monteith). The outer suburb stations are no longer in use, after the decommissioning of the regular country train services, back in the later years of the 20th Century.

The cost for a student to travel on the “Overland” train bound for Adelaide is $15 from Murray Bridge. That is $5.30 difference, from a luxury train to a regular bus. Something really needs to be done.

Bus stops are dotted across the city, but are no longer in use, citizens have to walk, and some have to walk great distances just to get their daily needs. I believe I do not stand alone with this topic, I have personally asked various citizens around the city, and the majority agrees.

I have asked the council numerous times about this matter, but I am given the same answer. “That they are working with the State Government on finding a solution.” Clearly, no solution has been found.

Murray Bridge needs a new service, and needs one now.

20. Keep San Francisco's Waste Stream Green

The City of San Francisco is currently reviewing HOW and WHERE to dump our garbage. A billion-dollar contract will be awarded for taking the most toxic of our waste, the non-recyclable trash, to a landfill.

Keep San Francisco's Waste Stream Green is a group of concerned residents calling on the City and County of San Francisco to conduct a full environmental impact study of the different options available. It is our waste, so it's our responsibility to remove and dispose of it in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

San Francisco, green and progressive, leads the nation in recycling and composting, but we still send 1,800 tons of trash to a landfill every day! Do you know where our non-recyclable trash goes now, and where it may go in 2015?

Since 1987 our trash has been going to the nearby Altamont Landfill located in the arid hills of the Inner Coast Range, about 50 miles from San Francisco and far removed from the rich agricultural central valley of California. Therefore, any leakage from the landfill would cause no damage to agricultural farm land. Furthermore, the Altamont landfill has the capacity to take San Francisco's trash for the next 35 to 50 years.

The S.F. Department of the Environment recently recommended that beginning in 2015, San Francisco send its non-recyclable trash 130 miles to the Ostrom Rd. Landfill in Yuba County, the poorest county in the state. Surprisingly, they made this recommendation without ever visiting this site, located amid orchards and farmland.

The current proposal has been assigned to the Budget and Finance Committee for consideration before it will go to the full Board of Supervisors for final approval.

21. Magnetic Levitation Transportation for Britain

Throughout the world, the seeds of the next generation magnetic levitation (maglev) transport technology are taking root.

China’s Shanghai is currently home to the only commercial maglev line in the world, thanks to German research and development. Maglev projects have been proposed in various nations throughout the world, including the United States, Brazil, Australia, Germany, India, Japan, China, The United Emirates, Spain, and Iran. Germany is not the only country leading the world in developing maglev technology, but Japan too.

The United Kingdom also experimented with the technology. During the 60’s and 70’s, whilst research into the Advanced Passenger Train (APT) was being carried out by British Rail, Professor Eric Laithwaite and a team of engineers worked on the Tracked Hovercraft project.

The Tracked Hovercraft project evolved into the first ever commercial maglev line to be opened in 1984, 20 years before the Shanghai maglev opened to the public in 2004.

A lot has changed since 1984, and Britain’s transport is once again ready to modernise, but unlike many of our European competitors, Britain lacks a High Speed railway network. Britain's current rail system is incompatible with existing high speed rail on the European continent.

This calls for a segregated high speed system, like Japan's Shinkansen, from which the technology for the Class 395 EMU train running the HS1 line, Japan is also switching to maglev for their future system extension. For these reasons, it is so important for Britain to modernise.

But why modernise if Britain can leap forward a generation? Maglev is the next generation, and it is coming, in some countries it is already there, and we the undersigned do not want Britain to be one step behind.

Maglev will bring people together.
With a trip from Manchester to Liverpool taking only 10 minutes, Birmingham to Manchester 20 minutes, and London to Birmingham 30 minutes, economies will be merged together.

The North-South divide will be eliminated, and people will find themselves half an hour away from a new opportunity.

Maglev will create opportunities, both directly, in maintenance, construction and the general running of maglev itself, and indirectly, by the opportunities it will bring closer to people and the businesses it will attract.

High technology businesses always follow high technology infrastructure, and maglev is high technology, it will bring growth on an industrial scale, just like another British invention, the railway, helped fuel the Industrial Revolution.

Maglev will champion the Green Economy.
Air travel is Britain’s single greatest contributor to CO2 emissions; maglev is faster, greener, and cheaper than short haul flights. With people travelling by maglev train, domestic air travel will decrease, along with the CO2 emissions they produce, freeing up runways for more profitable international flights.

We the undersigned believe that magnetic levitation technology is in the national interest, and will make Britain faster, greener, and stronger for the future. We can hope that the next generation will be the Maglev Generation.

22. Save Headingley and Burley Park Stations

It was reported in the Yorkshire Post on 27 August 2010, in an article by Paul Jeeves titled 'Faster journeys in prospect after meeting with train firm', that "[An] initiative [by Northern Rail] could see services streamlined between the spa town [of Harrogate] and the West Yorkshire city [of Leeds], quickening journeys by as much as seven minutes – about a fifth of the time it currently takes to travel between the two.

A meeting was held yesterday [28th August] between Northern Rail, which runs services between Leeds, Harrogate and York, and senior council and business officials.

Within three years, some services may not stop at Burley Park and Headingley stations in Leeds".

Such a move seems particularly flawed when you consider that usage of Headingley station alone has been approximately *double* that of two stations which are to benefit from such a move and has been at this level for the last 3 years*.

Meanwhile Burley Park has a usage level approximately equal to that of Hornbeam Park, Pannal, and Starbeck combined*.

In fact the only station of the four beneficiaries and two victims which can rival Burley Park's usage is Harrogate itself*.

The station usage does not justify reducing services to Headingley and Burley Park, the effect on those who depend on these services does not justify reducing services to Headingley and Burley Park, and the decision to penalise these two stations appears to be completely without justification.

*For evidence of this please see:

23. Support a Railway Station for Robroyston

I am gathering support from the community in Robroyston to prove that there is a real need and desire for a train station to be built in the local area.

If there is enough support for the idea, then I will have a much stronger case during my discussions with Transport Scotland.

24. Norwich in Ninety

The Norwich to Ninety campaign aims to persuade the Department for Transport to include a range of improvements to the Norwich to London line as part of the new Greater Anglia franchise specification.

Whatever is included in the new franchise will be the service that is delivered for rail passengers on the Great Eastern Main Line for the next decade.

We want:

• A ninety-minute journey time between Norwich and London.

• More reliable services, improving upon recent performance.

• New Inter-City style trains including features such as wi-fi.

• More train capacity - but without down-grading the Norwich to London service to commuter-style carriages.

• Station improvements, including better car parking and facilities for waiting passengers.

We will also be campaigning for other improvements including:
• Cleanliness and comfort
• On-board facilities such as wi-fi and catering
• Measures introduced to reduce engineering disruption
• Improvements to rural lines

The Norwich to London line is a crucial economic artery, linking Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to London. Investment is essential to bring it into the 21st century and to allow these counties to remain competitive.

For example the 115 mile journey from London to Norwich takes around 1hr 50mins, yet Birmingham (118 miles) can be reached in only 1hr 23 mins and York (180 miles) in 1 hr 59mins.

A shorter journey time in high quality trains would encourage more people to switch from cars to the railway, reducing road congestion and carbon emissions, as well as improving the economic competitiveness of the city and county.

Please sign the petition and encourage others to do so and ensure the Department for Transport listens to commuters and train users in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and train users in general to ensure the new franchise includes the much needed improvements.

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25. Review Quiet Zone Policy (Train Horn Noise Pollution)

The residents who live close to the railroad crossings are terribly affected by the train horn noises every day and night.

Many cities acknowledge the problems; however, they don’t possess the money to address the issue as implementing the quiet zone is extremely complicated and costly.

26. Transport from Birmingham to Cardiff at 11:30pm on 17th November 2009

We would like to arrange some sort of transport from Birmingham to Cardiff for the people attending the Jonas Brothers concert on 17th November 2009.

Many people from Cardiff wish to attend this concert but are unable to find any available transport to return home to Cardiff. The people attending can easily get to Birmingham via a train but the last train leaves Birmingham at 10:12pm, the concert will not finish until 11pm and the Cardiff citizens are unable to get home.

We have looked at the prospect of staying overnight in a hotel or getting a taxi but the prices of this are extremely unafforadable. We do not wish to miss this concert as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these people to see their heroes perform live on stage. All we are asking is for a small type of transport to make the short return journey to Cardiff the same night at an affordable price.

We would really appreciate you considering organising a small trip. We would be extremely grateful and thankful to whom ever would be kind enough to organise this for the fans.
Sincere thanks.

27. Train service between Tambaram and Bangalore

Tambaram is fast becoming a major hub in Chennai. This has been possible due to the fast development of suburbs of the city. The IT industry has been one of the major contributors to this growth since majority of the IT companies are situated in the southern part of the city.

Both Chennai and Bangalore are major IT hubs in our country. The number of people traveling between these two stations has increased by many times in the recent past. A new train service between the two places would be of great relief for those who are not able to travel due to unavailability of seats.

The Central railway station is very far off from the suburbs. Those working in IT companies and those staying in the suburbs are finding it increasingly difficult to board the trains from the Central railway station. This is because they have to travel all the way to Park station, which is very far from Tambaram, and then go to the Central station by walk or an auto. Having a train service between Tambaram and Bangalore, via Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, would be a great relief.

The distance between Tambaram and Park station, by suburb trains, is approx 27 kms, while the distance between Chennai Central and Arakkonam is roughly 68 kms. The distance between Tambaram and Arakkonam, via Kancheepuram, is roughly 93 kms, which is close to the total distance traveled by the commuters in the existing setup. In fact, the distance is comparatively lesser and is more comfortable, owing to the fact that in the existing system, the commuters cannot go directly to Chennai Central from Tambaram by train.

Another advantage in introducing this service is a fact that Kancheepuram is a tourist centre and this service would greatly help the people traveling from Bangalore. The tourist attraction of Kancheepuram would really help the railways to generate significant revenue.

This service would help to relieve congestion in the Central railway station since a major part of the traffic is diverted to Tambaram. Futher, introducing such a service would not have major requirements on the infrastructure front, since there is already an existing BG link between Tambaram and Arakkonam, via Kancheepuram.

28. Public Transportation for the Future Starts Now

American families spend 18% of their household budgets on transportation, making it the second largest household expenditure after housing.

A study on U.S. government spending and its impact on worker productivity estimated that a 10-year $100 billion increase in public transport spending would boost worker output by $521 billion, compared with $237 billion for the same spending on highways.

AAA members who rely almost exclusively on automobiles for their daily transportation needs, would still opt to spend more money on public transit than on new roads, according to a recent survey.

Business output is positively affected by transit investment. A sustained program of transit capital investment will generate an increase of $2 million in business output. After 20 years, these benefits increase to $31 million.

Every dollar that U.S. taxpayers invest in public transportation generates $6 or more in economic returns.

In suburban Philadelphia, the total increase in residential real estate value in neighborhoods with train service is estimated to be over $1.45 billion.

In Los Angeles, .80 of every $1.00 spent on public transport gets recirculated in the region, translating into $3.80 in goods and services. Conversely, .85 of every $1.00 spent on gas leaves the region.

New Jersey now has 600,000 more registered vehicles than drivers.

The value per square foot of commercial space near Metrorail stations in Northern Virginia has jumped more than 600 percent since the first station opened in 1977.

In comparison with private vehicles, public transportation generates 95% less carbon monoxide, 92% less in volatile organic compounds, and about half as much carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide per passenger mile.

A study conducted before, during and after the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta examined the effect of concerted efforts to improve traffic conditions to accommodate the wave of spectators and its effect on asthma attacks. The city made 24-hour transportation available, added buses, closed streets to cars and implemented flexible work schedules. The study showed the result of these efforts was a remarkable decline in ground-level ozone and other air pollutants, which reduced the number of emergency rooms visits for asthma during and shortly after the games.

29. More free unlimited car parking near Lidcombe station

Lidcombe railway station is a major junction station on the CityRail network and many people catch the train from there, mainly to travel to work or to travel to Olympic Park for an event.

In order to catch the train at Lidcombe station, many commuters choose to park their cars near the station.

There is a free public car parking lot near the station, however there are insufficient car spaces to facilitate the growing number of train commuters. In partcular, commuters who hold a full time job. This is especially indicative during weekdays when all the car spots in the all day parking areas have been taken before 8.00am.

In desperation, I have often seen cars parked illegally on the ramp or risk getting a fine by parking in the 4 hour car parking levels.

Street parking near the station is not an option because they are limited to half an hour.

Many people are choosing to travel by train, because of the high cost of fuel, the lack of car spots where they work or because of the convenience. Whatever the reason, the increase number of train commuters is resulting in an increase number of people parking near the train station. As such, Auburn Council needs to provide more free unlimited car parking. It is in the best interest of the commuters and also in the best interest of the environment. Train commuters need somewhere to park their cars near the station, so they can remain train commuters - rather than being another car commuter contributing to air pollution.

30. Stop the Transload Facility in Lockport, Illinois at Chevron Texaco


Chevron (formerly Texaco) located at 301 West Second Street Lockport Illinois has been in remediation for years and is now ready for development.

Opus North was hired to develop this property .

The first parcel ready for occupation is in the south end of the property near 2nd Street and they are considering a Transload Facility that would involve additional train cars unloading things like plastic pellets, lumber and paper rolls and 170 diesel trucks entering the facility 5 days a week. (Approximately 100 on the weekend)