Petition Tag - transit

1. Make Sure Public Tranist is Funded in the Nov. 2016 Charleston Referendum

Whereas the November 2016 Charleston County Special Use and Sales Tax Referendum may not provide a specific 600 million dollar appropriation for regional, rapid transit and improved local bus service as represented to the public, may also lack specific appropriations for road projects and further,

Whereas improved pubic transit is essential to improving the quality of life and mobility within the region, and finally

Whereas an appropriation of almost two billions dollars will only be authrized by the public if they have perfect confidence in their knowledge of how those funds will be used.

2. Build a Better Lowcountry Public Transit System

Whereas the current quality of level of public transportation services provided by CARTA and Tri County Link in the SC Lowcountry are not adequate because these agencies do not serve many areas with a frequency of service and service on nights and weekends adequate to allow a rider trying to reach employment, healthcare or education to rely upon them, and further

Whereas the load of private vehicles on our road will soon reach gridlock, strangling economic growth and reducing our quality of life, while forcing approximately 10% of people working in our low wage economy to spend unsupportable shares of their limited incomes on automobiles which are either unsafe, unregistered and uninsured, often driven by unlicensed drivers, and further

Whereas a comprehensive, efficient regional transit system, including a bus rapid transit system which can link local and neighborhood components with an efficient, high capacity backbone linking Summerville, North Charleston and Charleston could liberate the Lowcountry from its oppressive and dysfunctionaly addictive dependence on the automobile.

3. Join the Fight to Keep Public Transit for the Public Good

In 2013 Community Labor United (CLU) brought together the Carmen’s Union, other ATU locals and transit rider groups across the state to work with our elected officials to discuss how to best invest in one of the most important economic drivers in the state--our public transit system. Together, we secured $2.5 billion in state funding for public transit and a 5% cap on fare increases to protect the most vulnerable riders who could not afford dramatic increases in fares every year. This was a tremendous victory and an important first step for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and we thank you again for your leadership in making this happen.

Unfortunately, these victories are threatened by language in the House budget that would exempt the MBTA from the Tax Payer Protection Act (also known as the Pacheco Law) for a period of five-years. Under Governor Weld, thousands of human service workers’ jobs were contracted out and excessive salaries were awarded to private vendors. All of these excesses were paid for by slashing salaries and benefits of these workers. The Pacheco Law created a set of standards that must be met before a private contract displaces a public service. I am very concerned that a five-year waiver of the Pacheco Law would open the door to driving down job standards and wages at the MBTA, which would in turn destabilize many of the communities where MBTA workers live.

We are no longer fooled by band-aid solutions that require raising fares or cutting services or gutting wages. CLU and our partners understand that the best solutions will come from working together with our legislators to continue finding ways to invest more concrete resources in our public transit system. A five-year waiver of the Pacheco Law would open the door to more false solutions and allow unscrupulous contractors to slash wages and benefits, threatening the livelihoods of MBTA workers, their families, and the neighborhoods they live in.

4. Sir Sandford Fleming Transit

Students have to re arrange their entire class schedule to accommodate transportation. Extending the departure and arrival times would benefit the Sir Sanford Fleming student population greatly.

More often then not it is a large inconvenience to arrange transportation to and from school. Furthermore, often the bus schedule does not coincide with a classroom schedule.

Making students either late for class or have to miss a class entirely simply due to lack of the educational systems and/or parties involved organizational competence.

5. Ask Local Leaders to Support Continued Progress on Intermodal Center

For over 16 years, the SC Lowcountry has struggled to construct a transportation hub in North Charleston which would connect local bus service, intercity bus service (Greyhound & Southeastern Stages). Amtrak, taxis and other forms of ground transportation.

This hub would be linked to the Airport by shuttle bus. The project has suffered many setbacks due to problems with funding, the need to relocate due to railroad siding issues and creating a new plan to build a new station on the site of the existing, decrepit Amtrak Station. Our regional bus station on Dorchester Road is also an embarrassment.

Recently progress was made on building the new hub when the sale of the original planned location went under contract, freeing up funds for the project which was on a timeline to be finished within two and a half years.

As this complex project finalizes plans, many elements of the transit and political system must come together. This is necessary not only to complete this project, but to build a culture of community competence and achievement to support other major efforts ahead as regional gridlock and it’s high economic costs being to appear around the Lowcounty. Efforts like improving mobility in Peninsular Charleston and a regional, off road transit system connecting Summerville, Monks Corner, Goose Creek, North Charleston and Charleston will demand sustained citizen involvement.

This petition begins an effort to help focus political and government attention towards an alignment which escapes the limits of auto centric transportation planning, which naturally needs to begin with a functional North Charleston Hub.
Upon completion, this petition will be delivered to County Councils and other officials in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

Detailed information on the N. Charleston Intermodal Center Project can be found at: All Aboard for the Intermodal Center

6. Ban BART Strikes

BART carries nearly 375,000 passengers on an average week day. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute estimates that one day of a BART strikes cost the Bay Area economy $73 million. It also hurts our environment, wasting 800,000 gallons of gas each day of a strike and putting 16 million lbs of carbon into the air.

New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, Washington, and San Francisco restrict transit strikes. Due to the crippling impact a BART strike would have on the Bay Area and California economy, it is imperative that the State Legislature provide a backstop to the regional BART Board through a ban on BART strikes.

7. Just Fix the Roads

Michigan's transportation infrastructure is crumbling due to the lack of proper funding. Michigan roads are consistently ranked as the worst in the nation. The gas tax has not been increased since 1997 (16 years).

Poor roads and bridges are reducing safety, damaging vehicles, and lowering on time deliveries due to congestion and delays. The cost to repair the roads increases substantially as they go from fair to poor.

If we do not increase the investment in our transportation infrastructure, it is estimated that the number of Michigan roads in poor condition will increase to 65% by 2018 (currently 32%).

8. Blue-Line To Lynn

Lynn has been promised the Blue Line extension for half a century and the city of over 90k people need the blue line, and the city needs the blue line to help stimulate development in the downtown and waterfront districts.

Lynn is a large urban center where people living here rely on public transit to get around our great metro of greater Boston but Lynn is cut off from the rest of metro Boston.

Lynn and everyone in it would greatly benefit from this project.

9. Stop North Bay Transit Stroller Ban

Strollers smaller than 22 inches cannot be used with an attaching car seat and are not supportive enough for babies under 8 months of use.

Without the use of a car seat, traveling parents do not have the option of taking transit one way and alternate transportation the way back (cannot take a cab, cannot get in the car with a friend, etc.). Strollers that are considered "umbrella strollers" are not ergonomically friendly for tall caregivers or those with back problems.

A smaller stroller has little (or no) undercarriage or room for diaper bags, purchases or purses, limiting the caregiver's ability to maneuver and entertain the child.

A forward-facing stroller also limits the interaction between parent and child. Furthermore, umbrella strollers are essentially useless in the snow and cannot push through slush or other Northern Ontario conditions.

10. Prevent the GO Transit Strike

On October 24, 2011, transit workers from York Region Transit and GO Transit will go on strike, leaving over 100,000 people in the GTA scrambling to find alternative and inconvenient means of transportation.

All parties involved (Metrolinx, ATU Local 1587, and the Federal Government), share responsibility for allowing the dispute to reach this point.

Metrolinx:
-Failed to negotiate an agreement with ATU Local 1587 in a timely manner
-Failed to provide an alternate means of transportation for the affected passengers.

ATU Local 1587:
-Failed to negotiate an agreement with Metrolinx in a timely manner.
-Proposing demands that, in the current economic climate, are insulting to the general public, and in particular, non-unionized and unemployed workers.
-Lack of regard for passengers who are affected by the strike. Students and workers will be left to make alternate travel plans, simply to get to school or work.

Federal Government:
-Failed to give any attention to this dispute, allowing it to reach the point of an impending strike.
-Failing to provide an alternate means of transportation in the event of a strike.

11. Reinstate 7:58 Clarkson GO Train

PETITION UPDATE - OCTOBER 24, 2011
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GO TRANSIT HAS RESPONDED TO THIS PETITION AND THE TEXT OF THEIR RESPONSE IS REPRODUCED BELOW. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE COMMENTS REGARDING THE RESPONSE, YOU CAN DIRECT EMAILS TO:

customerrelations@gotransit.com, Attention: Karyn Allicock

COMMENTS MAY ALSO BE POSTED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING ON THIS WEBSITE USING THE BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE LABELLED “CLICK HERE TO LIKE THIS PETITION OR ADD/VIEW COMMENTS”.

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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.

Sincerely,

Gary McNeil
President, GO Transit

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PETITION BACKGROUND

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.

12. Washrooms for Transit Riders

Travelling by transit in BC's lower mainland can sometimes mean trips up to 90 minutes long. There are very few, if any, transit stops where public washrooms are available.

This is particularly challenging for commuters taking the bus to places like Maple Ridge. From Vancouver to Maple Ridge is well over one hour by bus. At the Coquitlam Bus Loop there is no washroom for riders to use. The closest public washroom in the mall is a 1km walk across the highway. This washroom closes with the mall at 9pm.

People with disabilities, health issues, the elderly, those with young children and even able bodied people are not able to access washrooms on long trips and this is UNHUMANE and UNACCEPTABLE.

The BC Government and Translink should be working towards strategic placement of washrooms on suburban buslines. Places like the Coquitlam Bus Yard should be fitted with toilet facilities that are kept safe and clean by staff.

Looking over a map of the transit system in Toronto, it is quickly apparent that washrooms are available in several locations along the system. Yet, in BC we do not even have public washrooms in Waterfront Station, one of the busiest transit hubs in the whole province.

13. Tell leaders you want non-electronic alternatives to McGuinty's Presto Transit Pass

Transit drivers in Hamilton have told me many passengers experience problems with the Presto pass. One Presto worker threatened to revoke my monthly pass mid-month if a questionable $2.75 fare indicated by Presto was not paid.

As Toronto is / will be also implementing the Presto pass system, and we face an election October 6 in Ontario, I felt this a good time to question the accuracy of Presto passenger records from the pass, and the arrogance of workers and administrators of Presto.

14. Bicycle Transit Station for Perth City

Update 26/Sep/11: the original petition used a funding model based on a developer sponsored Bicycle Transition Centre and the development land suggested was 3 Cliff Street. The developer funded model still may be the way to go and other locations for the centre may be considered.



To promote easy cycling to work and reduce traffic congestion a Perth bicycle transit station is a step forward.

The Station shall provide:
• 24-hour, 7 days/week access to bicycle storage, showers and lockers with key card access.
• Bicycle servicing and retail shop on site.
• Tea, coffee and a bite to eat.
• Wi-Fi access.
• Dry cleaning and laundry services while the cyclists are at work.

Around the globe bicycle stations commonly operate like a health club. They make cycling to work easier, and they build a community.

The Web Site Link above links to a full proposal for the development of a Public Bicycle Transit Station located at 3 Cliff Street, Perth (next to the Jacob’s Ladder, with access from both the top and bottom of the ladder).

15. Pledge to Ride: mass transit in Nashville

Transitnownashville.org is working in conjunction with the Metropolitan Transit Agency of Nashville, the Nashville Civic Design Center, and other organizations to sponsor the 2nd Annual Transit Week from April 12-18, 2010.

See transitnownashville.org for details.

As part of the Transit Week celebration, we are asking Nashvillians to pledge to ride the bus at least once during the celebration. If you are already a regular rider, encourage a friend to give it a try.

16. Rights for Everyone's Safety on the TTC

I was using the TTC on Sunday December 13th to get home. In the evenings (especially when it is this late, when I have bags to carry from work and when roads are slippery), I like to request the bus to pull into a quick stop between bus stops. Not only do I feel safer with my home in sight; I have shaved several minutes of walking. Usually, bus drivers are more than happy to do this, especially during the winter evenings regardless of my gender.

This time, I was abruptly reminded that this request stop was for "women only" and then the bus carried on driving (without stopping and only having one other passenger).

This is only the third time this has happened (the the driver rejected my request); however, I feel that incident should never have happened at all. I am writing to suggest that the "evening stop request" be made availble to all men, women and children travelling in the evening times and that every passenger's safety (especially in the winter time) be considered. The Toronto Transit Corporation has to believe that passengers will not abuse this opportunity; at the same time, should also believe that their employees can us their descretion whether to allow the stop or not (NOT based on gender). Being that Toronto has taken huge strides to become more inclusive and diverse in culture, ethnicity, abilities and sexuality/gender, this should be reflected in the transit system Toronto provides.

Not all women are more vulnerable to danger than men. Female riders do not pay extra fare to have their safety be protected (as people's safety should be protected for everyone). There are many individuals in Toronto who are transgendered as well. Being judged by the clothes we wear, the way we act and who we are should not be a factor in our safety when "Riding the Rocket".

With Toronto winning its bid for World Pride in 2014; I do not concede that we should take this matter lightly. For the days, weeks and months leading up to the event, Toronto will be home to many visitors from across the globe. The last thing I believe should ever happen would be for a man to be in a dire situation that could have been avoided by the opportunity to "request an evening stop".

17. Stop the London Transit Strike

On Monday, November 16 at 12:01 AM, the London Transit Strike commenced and plagues the residents of the City of London and students of the University of Western Ontario with a lack of transportation options.

18. Moratorium against the use of tasers

-Moratorium against the use of tasers by the police and the transit security;

-the use of tasers by transit police is far outside guidelines that say they should be used only if someone is suicidal, violent or about to injure himself or someone else;

-Translink police are Canada's only armed transit police force;

-60 more people have died since Robert Dziekanski after being Tasered by police, including five Canadians;

-At least 286 people in North America have died since 2001 after being stunned by the TASER's 50,000 volt discharge

-There is no way of knowing whether individual Taser weapons meet the manufacturer's specifications;

-There are no Canadian safety testing standards of any kind for the devices;

-It is entirely possible that some weapons discharge much more electrical energy than they are supposed to, and that police officers are unwittingly killing people as a result;

-TASER and the law enforcement community often point to other factors that they say actually cause death;

-such as drug or alcohol use or a phenomenon they have coined "excited delirium", which is not a recognized medical condition;

-TASER International says so-called "excited delirium" is a potentially fatal condition.

-Here are some questions: How many people have died of "excited delirium" in the last five years in situations that did not involve law enforcement? Do people only reach potentially lethal levels of excitement or delirium when they are accosted by peace officers?

-Tasers are arguably being overused by police;

-They have reportedly been used to shock children as young as six (in Florida) and an 82 year old woman was recently shocked in Chicago;

-Amnesty International studied 271 fatalities and found that the victim was unarmed in all but 22 of the cases. Most of these victims were no risk to anyone.

19. Ban Bicycle Transport during Rush Hour

During peak travel hours (7A-9AM then 4:30P-6:30PM) ban bicycle transport in the Riverline cars.

Bicycles are a hazzard duing these hours and are a concern for the safety and comfort of its passangers.

20. Route 92 Later PM Service Needed

The Palm-Tran route 92 is an East-West bus route that runs from Hwy 441 /
Sandalfoot Plaza all the way out to Camino Real & A1A / Ocean Blvd.

The route has low ridership, and always has, and the reason that not many
people ride the bus, is because the last route back to Sandalfoot Plaza from
Camino Real / A1A is at 4:30pm. Not even a standard 9-5 job can be
considered, living on this bus route.

People who use the bus to go to work can't get home from work. This is the
earliest ending route of the entire Palm-Tran system(excluding the jury shuttle,
and an inlet route).

The route has been cut back by removing service to the community hospital,
and has stopped servicing Logger's Run, a large residential portion of the
western Boca Raton area. These were all methods of saving money on the
route.

Instead of trying to increase ridership, Palm-Tran also decided to terminate
service for this route on Sundays.

Later service for this route is NEEDED. It is one of the three routes that runs
through Boca Raton's downtown area, and one of the two that connects the
western Boca Raton area to the eastern Boca Raton area. It connects the
Broward County Transportation system, and the unincorporated residential
areas of southwestern Palm-Beach county, to the eastern 'working' area of Boca
Raton, and services 3 major bus stops that serve the entire county. Later night
service is desparately needed by all the riders on this route, indefinitely.

21. Improving the Sudbury Transit Center

My main focus started with Transit Buses in the outskirts of down town Sudbury, As I looked more into the issues there's things wrong with every part of the city.

In 1999 Sudbury, Became the GREATER CITY OF SUDBURY.

So you would think if we are The GREATER CITY OF SUDBURY all town's would be treated the same. Nope! ALL out skirt town buses run on different times then down town Sudbury buses, why is that if were all one city now?

IN spring 2008 the City decided to make one later bus for the outskirts to 12:30. All regular buses stayed the same.

BUT......

What about the people who work early in the morning? sometimes their late because of traffic or of the roads, maybe we should have earlier buses to.

All of ONTARIO, Sudbury is the only one to have the new transit system...WHY, why didn't they take the money they used from the tax payers to improve the system, with more frequent, and longer bus times, lasting though out the day, (morning to night) and providing a larger range of services, example (whitefish, dowling), Including Sundays and holidays.

Did you know must stores/ restaurants are still open on SUNDAYS/ Holidays..... How are they sappose to get to work....

With the new system, the transfers don't give us much time, when were traveling on the out skirt buses, especially from Caperol, by the time you get to Val Caron, your transfer is expired, and then the drivers give you a hassle and YOU shouldn't have to pay more money, YOUR transfer should be good like everyone else's.

Sudbury is also one of the cities in Ontario to shut their Transit early. North Bay is smaller than us and their buses all run till 2:00am.

People need to work, they have personal lives to be meet with, to live a "normal" life.... what if they work 'til 11:00 and have no way home because some of the outskirt buses stop at 9:00 and so on. Is the city excepting people not to work?

Maybe this would help people get off Welfare, if there was more options or services.

Maybe there could be less accidents?

There are many elderly people who retire in the outskirts, but have no way to get around, and on pension, the can't afford to take a taxi everywhere.

Also Most buses are extremely packed....there's an overage on the college students, there's not enough places for them to live.... YOU think there's enough seats too? there's like what 30 seats on a bus, plus standing? and then people getting hurt because the driver slams on the breaks, and puff the people go flying.

22. More Routes for Charlotte Area Transit Bus Schedules

This is a petition regarding the new schedule change for CATS buses that has taken effect on Novemeber 26, 2007. The bus schedule change seems to have not been for the better but for the worsse.

The buses in the mornings run every 20-25 minutes which is not acceptable in the mornings and in the evenings after 6:30 the buses run about every 30-45 minutes.

As citizens who pay taxes and who just voted to repeal the half cent transit tax you would think the bus schedule would have changed for the better and not the worst. When these schedules are being considered who is planning them? Do the people who plan them ride the bus?

This is a concern because I am not the only one who has been complaining but one who has actually decide to step up and take action.

23. Get Jamie Driving Again

This Driver is THE BEST driver there is at Orillia Transit.

All the old drivers are comming back and one of them has to go so Jamie can drive again.

24. Metro Transit Authority Unfair To Disabled Riders

June 20, 2006

In Early August Here In Los Angeles, I, The Petition Writer, Disabled, Was trying to take the bus here in the San Fernando Valley. It was a day that had 100+ degree heat.

The Bus Line I was trying to take runs only once an hour. The first bus arrived after waiting for some time. The bus was packed! The few able bodied people that were waiting with me, were able to squeese themselves onto the bus.

When It came time for me, the driver just said "Sorry, we're full. There's nothing I can do." With that, he drove off. Another hour goes by, and the next bus shows up. By this time I'm over heated, dehydrated, and angry.

The second bus is also overloaded with riders, and I could'nt get on that one either. That's when I had enough.

I pulled out in front of the bus and said, "If I can't get a ride, then you are'nt going anywhere either! After a short time, the bus line supervisor arrived. At that time, I figured I got my point accross, and allowed the bus to go.

I explained the entire situation to the supervisor, He took a written report, and since then nothing else has been done to remedy the problem.

Due to consistent over crowding of busses in the San Fernando Valley during peak hours, the settlement made in the copied document on the attached page in 1998, is currently insufficient. Furthermore, MTA is currently in violation of this court injunction. And has been, ever since it was written.

Those disabled, are still being left behind. Particularly during the peak rush hour due to overcrowding.

Therefore, more must be done to give disabled, and elderly riders sufficient service. Many of the bus lines located in the San Fernando Valley, have running times of one hour.

During peak hours, weekends, and during the summer season, this practice is not only insufficient, but a danger to those who rely upon this service as their only source or transportation.

An elderly person, or anyone that is in a type of frail health should never be forced to wait sometimes up to an hour in summer temperatures of up to, or over 100 degrees, or forced to wait for upwards of another hour for yet another bus due to extreme over crowding during these peak hours.

Being subjected to such circumstances, is not only an inconvenience, but is a considerable physical danger to those placed in that situation. Furthermore it is negligent, and due to the bill passed on the previous page, of which they, "MTA" are as previously stated above, currently in violation of this court injunction..

This is a document petition designed to force MTA "The Metro Transit Authority" to place the proper amount of transportation needed during these peak hours in to the areas where they are needed most. And to abide by the court injunction placed upon them back in 1998.

The Answer To The Problem: This could be easily done so by pulling busses from other less used areas, to those areas that are more congested.

Furthermore, this signed petition would make "The Metro Transit Authorities", MTA's continued lack of proper action concerning this issue, a criminal act of negligence. And therefore should be subject to legal action to the fullest extent of law.

The following is a statement from MTA of its policy regarding disabled patrons. As you will read, it does not go far enouph to ensure the safety of its patrons. Below the statement is the changes that must be made to ensure the safety of not only those patrons that are disabled, or elderly but all patrons.

"Metro has procedures in place which are to be implemented when a wheelchair patron cannot be boarded. The following procedure is to be taken when an operator cannot board a wheelchair patron.

The operator must stop and explain to the customer that the bus is full and when the next bus will arrive. Central Instructions has been requested to re-issue a bulletin to operators to this affect. The operator must also contact Bus Operation Control and inform staff that a wheelchair patron was not boarded and the reason why. Bus Operation Control Staff will:
1.) Assign a Field Supervisor to the location to contact the individual.
2.) Check the following bus to determine available capacity.
3.) Contact the nearest Division to determine if there is an Operator and bus available to transport the patron." (End Of Statement Of MTA Metro Transit Authority Policy.)

As of: June,15-06, the above policy of MTA (Metro Transit Authority) is inadequate, and needs to be changed immediately.

The MTA (Metro Transit Authority) bus operator should immediately, after explaining to the disabled patron that the bus is full:

A.) Contact Bus Operation Control while still on site with that disabled patron.

B.)Upon contact with Bus Operation Control, the driver must confirm to the effected patron that the contact has been made, and that another bus is then being added to the affected bus line to relieve the overcrowding problem on that line.

Driver must then be able to tell the effected patron the time that added bus will arrive. The replacement bus must then arrive vary soon there after.

C.) A written record of when and where this incident has occurred is to be made.

D.) A weekly review of these records should be done so that during peak congested hours when incidents like this occur, a bus can then be added to the effected line or lines during those hours, to relieve the overcrowding, and allowing adequate access to both able, and disabled patrons.

E. Furthermore, during extreme heat, NO patron should EVER have to wait an hour or more for a bus. Many patrons that rely on this transportation system do so either because they cannot afford their own vehicle, or due to age, or physical disabilities of one form or another, are unable to drive.

For those that are in poor health, having to endure waiting for upwards of an entire hour during the extreme heat conditions of summer can, and no doubt have resulted in possible heat stroke, or worse.
This is policy is unacceptable, and is a danger to all patrons.

If MTA (Metro Transit Authority) can supply areas of Downtown Los Angeles with busses that run approximately every fifteen minutes, then they can supply the congested areas of the San Fernando Valley with buses that can run more often than just once every hour.

MTA (Metro Transit Authority) as a public service, needs to correct this problem, and must be obligated as a public service to take proper actions needed to protect the people that it serves. Failure to do so should result in a charge of negligence on the part of MTA (Metro Transit Authority), and should be therefore held accountable.

Selected Signatures:

Number Date Name Delete
11 7:37 am PDT, Jun 16 Anonymous
10 12:40 pm PDT, Jun 15 Anonymous
9 12:32 pm PDT, Jun 15 scott zinn
8 4:21 am PDT, Jun 11 Robert Lewis
7 1:13 pm PDT, Jun 8 Paula Parsons
6 1:06 pm PDT, Jun 8 Shaun Parsons
5 11:42 am PDT, Jun 8 Don Benz
4 6:50 pm PDT, Jun 7 Cody Parsons
3 10:01 am PDT, Jun 7 Wayne Christensen
2 7:45 am PDT, Jun 7 Anonymous
1 10:29 pm PDT, Jun 6 Michael Ramirez

25. Downtown Public Transit Service in Lewiston

A petition started on June 21, 2004 asking for the Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee to investigate extending transit service to the Lewiston Multipurpose Center and B Street Community Center in downtown Lewiston.

26. Union Street Reroute

This petition is for the MCT commuters that reside in or near the Woodcrest Apartment Complex on Union Street. The Madison County Transit Organization intends to propose a reroute of the #16 bus in order to serve residents that reside on Union Street, primarly the Woodcrest Apts.

27. Removal Of Bus Driver "Arletha Appea"

For the last month Arletha Appea, has been the bus driver for the 79X (5:20pm bus Jefferson Rd. & Smith Rd.) Leaving from Parsippany arriving to Newark.

Arletha is reckless with her driving and we the passengers are requesting that NJ Transit please remove Arletha Appea from this route.

Arletha drives the bus as if it was her own personal sports car. She drives on the rear bumper of the car in front of her. At times forcing them to move out of her way. Arletha likes to drive in the far left lane of Route 280. She has a habit of braking shortly and therefore thrusting the passengers forward and back in their seats. When attempting to make a turn or drive around curves, she does not slow down resulting in the bus seeming like it will overturn.

With all this said the safety of the passengers are at risk and Arletha acts as if she does not value her life or the life of these passengers. We are requesting that she be removed from this bus line immediately.

We the Passengers of the 79X leaving Parsippany to Newark are requesting her removal.

28. SAVE ROYAL RANDWICK

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales.

The Petition of residents of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House:
• the proposed sale of approximately 1.6 hectares of State Transit Authority land at 67a Alison Road, Randwick by way of public tender;
• the heritage and conservation significance of the site;
• the increased traffic congestion and transport dangers if the site is sold and developed;
• our objection to the proposed sale of the land to developers; and
• our support for the retention of the land as "open space" to be managed and utilised by the Australian Jockey Club for and on behalf of the community.

29. Dial-a-ride bus service should support Pine Mountain

In brief the kern regional transit bus department in Kern County CA USA is restricting service to pine mountain club. During the summer they had a pilot service to pine mountain but come winter they closed down. Atop this the dial-a-ride service does not support Pine Mountain. Ultimately there is no public transportation to Pine Mountain in Pine Mountain leaving population who require public transportation "out of luck."