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Mayor of Orlando
Buddy Dyer
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Florida Secretary of Transportation
Ananth Persad (Florida Secretary of Transportation) (Florida Secretary of Transportation)
Florida-07
Rep. John Mica

Run SunRail on the weekends and later at night

    1. Petition by

      SunRailRiders

We're enthusiastic supporters of the SunRail commuter train system in Central Florida. However, we're frustrated that SunRail can't reach its full potential because the trains do not run on the weekends or late at night -- up to midnight. (Click for more info)

Running SunRail on the weekends:

  1. Is essential for people who do not work a traditional Monday to Friday schedule, including hospital personnel, public-safety workers, hospitality workers, and airport and airline staffers, to name a few. This also helps travellers who use SunRail to connect them to Orlando International Airport.
  2. Is a life saver for resident senior citizens who do not drive, or those who should not drive a long distance. This is also important to people who don't own a car, or who have physical challenges that prevent them from driving safely.
  3. Helps protect our environment because more people will be able to keep their cars home on the weekend. Leaving cars home saves precious, expensive fuel and also helps limit air pollution.
  4. Is great for businesses and cultural and social venues. On the weekends and later at night more people will be able to explore and enjoy culture, entertainment and dining experiences from Volusia County to Orange County.
  5. Running the trains later at night (up to midnight) helps service workers and others who are assigned to later shifts.
  6. Late-night trains also make our roads safer because it offers a transportation option for people who consume alcohol while dining, or at evening events.

By signing this online petition you are asking local officials to act quickly to expand SunRail service to the weekends and late-night hours.

To:
Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
Ananth Persad (Florida Secretary of Transportation) (Florida Secretary of Transportation), Florida Secretary of Transportation
Rep. John Mica, Florida-07
Run SunRail on the weekends and later at night

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Buddy Dyer responds:

      Buddy Dyer

      Dear SunRail Enthusiasts,

      Thank you very much for reaching out to the City with your support and requests. The City of Orlando, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation and funding partners, are committed to provid...


    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Just 12 more names....

      Can you help us get 12 more people to add their names to this petition to expand SunRail service to weekends and late night hours. 12 more names would bring us to 2,000 signatures!!!!!!

    4. Test weekend SunRail

      In just one week the signers of this petition got officials to agree to study the cost of expanding SunRail service to weekends and late-night service.
      Instead of just crunching numbers, why can't SunRail simply test weekend service? (Visit www.SunRailRiders.com for more details.)
      The only way service will be expanded is if we keep pressure on our officials. Please ask your friends to sign the petition to keep up the pressure.

    5. Channel 6 says to expand SunRail to weekends

      http://www.clickorlando.com/local-6-pushes-for-sunrail-to-expand-service/27117218
      Channel 6 in Orlando aired the attached editorial that supported our campaign to expand SunRail service to the weekends and late-night hours. The TV editorial cites the petition campaign -- each and every one of you who signed the petition.
      Lets keep the heat on local officials to expand the service sooner than later. For the latest on SunRail issues affect riders and the petition drive, please be sure to check www.sunrailriders.com

      Local 6 pushes for SunRail to expand service

      WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE FOR YOU THE LIGHT RAIL LINE IS AVERAGING NEARLY FORTY-FIVE HUNDRED RIDERS A DAY. THAT'S ALREADY THE NUMBER OF RIDERS PROJECT LEADERS HOPED TO HAVE AT THE END OF THE FIRST YEAR. RIGHT NOW, SUNRAIL IS A COMMUTER TRAIN, DESIGNED TO GIVE WORKERS AN ALTERNATIVE TO DRIVING DOWNTOWN.

    6. We're not done

      Your support made a huge difference today at the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission. Expansion of SunRail service to weekends and late-night service was on the minds of everyone attending Monday's meeting.
      The commission members and staff agreed that they would study the feasibility of expanding the service.
      That's a great start, but now it's important to keep up the pressure. For this issue to continue receiving the attention it deserves it's critical that we continue to ask our friends to sign the petition.
      Together we can get this done!

    7. Easy like Sunday morning?

      Back in the day the Commodores had a hit song that included the lyrics "easy like Sunday morning."
      Too bad Sunday mornings in Central Florida are NOT easy because SunRail doesn't run on Saturdays or Sundays.
      That's why we launched this petition campaign to ask our leaders to expand SunRail service to weekends and late-night hours.
      Expanded SunRail service isn't a luxury. It's a necessity.
      Many of our neighbors work on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as late at night. Don't they deserve SunRail service?
      Many neighbors don't own a car; are elderly, or have other conditions that prevent them from driving. Don't they deserve weekend SunRail service?
      Many people can use weekend SunRail service to attend church. Don't they deserve weekend service?
      Many people use SunRail to go to and from Orlando International Airport for work, or to travel. Don't they deserve weekend SunRail service?
      Running SunRail on weekends is one of the most pro-business things that SunRail leaders can do. Imagine all the people who can use SunRail for stress-free and leisurely shopping trips on the weekends.
      Running SunRail on weekends adds tremendous value to cultural, entertainment and recreation venues throughout our region -- parks, theaters, festivals, arenas, etc.
      Almost everyone receiving this email already signed the petition. Thank you so much! But we still need your help. Please ask your friends and neighbors to add their names to the petition by sharing the petition through your personal social-media channels, such as Twitter and Facebook.
      Nearly 1,700 people have already signed the petition, but we need even more to show local officials know that expanding SunRail service should be their priority.
      In unity, there is strength!
      We want Saturday and Sunday mornings that ARE easy. Expanded SunRail service is the ticket!

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. They heard us!

      Great news friends!
      We just got the word that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs just put the subject of expanded SunRail service on the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Central Florida Rail Commission -- the governing body for SunRail. Jacobs chairs the commission.
      Everyone who added her or his name to the petition made this happen. Bravo, you deserve a standing ovation.
      However, realistically this is way too soon to declare victory. However, at least we got the attention of the politicians.
      To quote Winston Churchill during World War II, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning."
      On Monday I expect they'll detail all the reasons why they can't expand the service. (Listen to us play the world's smallest violin.)
      The fact of the matter is that 7-day-a-week service is a necessity, not an option. We've read powerful comments many of you have written while adding your names to the petition.
      The only way we'll get what we want is to keep signing the petition, getting our friends to sign the petition and discuss this issue with our local elected officials. For the latest news on this topic, please visit www.sunrailriders.com, and follow us on Twitter @Sunrailriders and Facebook at Sunrailriders - Orlando.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Incredible results

      After just 1 day, we have more than 250 names on the petition to expand SunRail service to the weekends and later at night.
      But don't stop now, let's keep the momentum going. Please ask your friends, relatives, neighbors and coworkers to sign the online petition at www.SunRailRiders.com
      We want to add hundreds of names to the petition.
      If you sign the petition, please add comments to share your opinion on how expanded service will help you and our community.
      Through the magic of the Internet, the petition signatures and comments are being sent directly to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Congressman John Mica (who has spent the last 20 years pushing for commuter rail in Central Florida) and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (his agency oversees SunRail.)
      You're making a big difference.
      Thank you!

    12. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Richard Corbett KISSIMMEE, FL
      • about 2 hours ago

      I think it would acquaint more people on riding SunRail, done it many times

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    • sheri brown SANFORD, FL
      • about 4 hours ago

      Sunrail is not only for people traveling to work, but for local resident's wanting to spend money at local businesses. Help locals help businesses! Let us boost our economy while having a fun time with friends and family.

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    • Danny Goodman LAKE MARY, FL
      • about 5 hours ago

      This needs to be a focus for our community and with added hours, more Floridians will use it

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    • Elke Beyer SANFORD, FL
      • about 6 hours ago

      I want to be able to take the Sunrail after work to see a Magic game or have dinner downtown. Otherwise I would need to drive to work in the morning. Not practical!

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    • Thomas Mann JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 7 hours ago

      It would make Orlando more vistable on the weekends

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