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trains

24 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Hon. Mayor John Ditslear, Hon. Mayor Scott Fadness, Hon Mark Heirbrandt, Hon. Christine Altman, Hon. Steven Dillinger

Save the Nickel Plate Road (railroad from Noblesville, IN to Indianapolis, IN)

The cities of Noblesville, IN and Fishers, IN are planning to "rip out the rails" of the historic Nickel Plate Road rail line from Noblesville through Fishers, IN and replace them with a walking and biking trail. YOUR SIGNATURE AND SUPPORT COULD HELP TO SAVE A PIECE OF RAILROAD HISTORY; WHICH IS NOT ONLY RARE TO INDIANA, BUT RARE IN THE UNITED STATES! Since the 1990's, the Indiana Transportation Museum (ITM) has been operating a variety of excursions and events along 34 miles of the Nickel Plate Road. Until recently, this included the highly-popular State Fair Train; which transports passengers from Fishers, IN to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the heart of Indianapolis. ITM has operated historic rail equipment along this line for over 30 years; but some organizational challenges brought operations to a halt in the hopes to evaluate and improve safety. During the lull of rail activity, politicians and city leaders from Noblesville and Fishers created a plan which proposed a "rails to trails" conversion which would remove the entire rail line from Noblesville to Fishers. This removal would eliminate ANY possibility of ever running a State Fair Train, Polar Bear Express, or other excursion trains along this line again. The plan would cost taxpayers upwards of $9.3 million! (Compared to the total cost to make ALL of the safety upgrades to the ENTIRE rail line which are only estimated at $5 million...and this doesn't require tax payer dollars) Also keep in mind, the proposed trail would generate NO REVENUE OR OUTSIDE TOURIST ACTIVITY INTEREST.  The Nickel Plate Road boasts a variety of highly-unique and RARE qualities, which combined, make it a one-of-a-kind experience. Some of the rare qualities include: Active passenger tourist rail service into the heart of a State capitol Rail service traveling through 3 dense urban centers (Noblesville, Fishers, and Indianapolis) which generates outside $$$ for those and other surrounding communities. *VERY RARE Street Running segment of track where the train tracks run directly through the middle of the street. Attracts 40,000+ visitors and tourists to the area each year *The railroad already shares the road with cars. Why can't we SHARE the right-of-way with pedestrians and bikes instead of GIVE UP the land ; causing us ALL to LOSE AN INVALUABLE PIECE OF HISTORY! WE ARE ASKING TO SAVE THE RAILS, DON'T RIP THEM UP!#SavetheNickelPlate Please help support this cause by: Signing this petition to #SavetheNickelPlate Taking 5 minutes to contact the city officials below and ask them to #SavetheNickelPlate rails between Noblesville and Indianapolis. (You can use the sample text below to email each of the officials OR share your own reasons for saving the Nickel Plate Road.) " Hello! My name is {ENTER YOUR NAME} and I am a concerned community member writing to you today to ask that you please strongly reconsider any plans to remove a significant segment of the historic Nickel Plate Road rails, between Noblesville, IN and Indianapolis, IN. The opportunity to build a pedestrian and bike pathway BESIDE the railroad is an preferable alternative that would allow our communities to preserve an irreplaceable piece of our history while also strengthening the connections between them with a walk/bike way. Again, I urge you to reconsider any removal of the rails so that we can continue to benefit from the historical significance and tourist activity that an active railroad provides to our linked communities.  Sincerely,  {ENTER YOUR NAME/SIGNATURE} " Contact: Hamilton County Commissioners: Honorable Steven Dillingerstevencdillinger@aol.com Honorable Christine Altmanchristine.altman@hamiltoncounty.in.gov Honorable Mark Heirbrandtmark.heirbrandt@hamiltoncounty.in.gov City Mayors: Mayor of Fishers, INHonorable Scott Fadnessmayorfadness@fishers.in.us Mayor of Noblesville, INHonorable John Ditslearjditslear@noblesville.in.us

Logan Day
8,910 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Ted Wheeler, Amanda Fritz, Nick Fish, Dan Saltzman, Chloe Eudaly, Tom Hughes, Shirley Craddick, Betty Dominguez, Craig Dirksen, Kathryn Harrington, Sam Chase, Bob Stacey

Save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway.

In 1958 the Washington Park and Zoo Railway was born and a regional treasure opened to the public.  I need your help because the Oregon Zoo, a service of Metro, and the City of Portland have decided to destroy this regional treasure and the magic of the Washington Park and Zoo Railway.  In the Washington Park Master Plan they've decided to ignore 60 years of history and countless comments to repair the Washington Park and Zoo Railway by turning it into a café and 12' paved "multi-use" path. As many of you know, in 2013, the main Washington Park route was damaged.  It went from a magical 30 minute ride through the forest to the Rose Garden and back to a sad 6 minute ride that goes straight out, around a trestle, and back.  Over the years hundreds of comment cards have been turned in with complaints asking Oregon Zoo to fix the full route.  Community members continued their outcry to save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway on March 15th, 2018 during City of Portland public testimony, where they overwhelming disapproved with the City's plan to destroy the rail in favor of a 12' paved path.  The community wants the full route repaired so their children and grandchildren can experience the magic they remember from their childhood when they rode the Washington Park and Zoo Railway.  What we have now is a disappointment that does not inspire the hearts and memories of children but instead breaks the hearts of the parents and grandparents who desired a unique opportunity to a shared treasured experience with a different generation. I can tell you with 100% conviction that if the City of Portland and Metro had worked with the staff of the Oregon Zoo, they could have easily raised the money and fixed the full route years ago by simply asking patrons to donate what they could towards the cause.  I can tell you with 100% conviction that if the City of Portland and Metro asked the community to fundraise the money, the community would fund raise the money.  I myself on March 15th, 2018, gave public testimony to the City of Portland Council that I'd be willing to start a Non-profit and do the fundraising for them.  It went ignored but that offer still stands. If you're interested in saving the regional treasure that is the Washington Park and Zoo Railway, please sign this petition, "like" our Facebook Page, and share both far and wide.  A treasure is about to be destroyed but we can still save it.   

Dana Carstensen
16,641 supporters