Petition update

1,500+ Signatures! They're Talking!

David Curtis
Wilmington, DE, United States

Aug 14, 2014 — Amazing! Your support has caused SEPTA, DelDOT, Delaware Transit Corporation, and the Governor's office to take a serious look at this important issue. Without divulging too much too soon, I can say that the involved parties are evaluating options for service upgrades.

Still, there is work to be done. Please email Mr. Sisson (john.sisson@state.de.us), his boss, DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt (shailen.bhatt@state.de.us), and Governor Markell (jack.markell@state.de.us) to request that state funds be made available for the service upgrade. Please feel free to use the text below:

Gentlemen,

Thank you for listening to my concerns regarding SEPTA train service between Wilmington and Philadelphia. For less than $1M annually, all evening and weekend trains can be extended to Wilmington. That's an additional 6 weekday evening trains (3 inbound, 3 outbound) and all 34 weekend trains (17 inbound, 17 outbound).

I request that DTC receive a state funding increase of $500K in this current fiscal year and $1M annually thereafter in order to extend all evening and weekend trains.

Not only is this service upgrade the right thing to do for Delaware residents and workers, but it is also fiscally responsible. Beginning in the very first year of implementation, DelDOT will save much more in annual road and highway maintenance expenses than the $1M or less that this service upgrade will cost.

The upgrade will have a tremendous impact on Wilmington's economy: it will attract more employers and job-seekers to the city, it will accelerate residential development, it will boost regional tourism, and it will ultimately create hundreds, if not thousands, of new jobs. Simply put, it will revitalize the city. I can think of no better way to spend $1M of taxpayer dollars.

Thank you for continuing to devote your time and attention to this important issue.


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