16 petitions

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Petition to Bruce Warner, Ozzie Gonzalez, Dr. Linda Simmons, Lori Irish Bauman, Keith Edwards, Travis Stovall, Kathy Wai, Kelly Runnion

Tell TriMet: Commit to 100% Bus Electrification!

Climate change is a defining issue of our time. Without a massive transformation to a fossil-fuel free economy, our world will be overwhelmed with rising sea levels, exacerbated droughts, and more extreme weather patterns. Here in Oregon, one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions is our transportation sector. TriMet, our state’s largest transit agency, has the opportunity to reduce our climate impacts by phasing out its diesel buses and electrifying its fleet by 2035. Recognizing the advancements in battery-powered buses, as well as the multiple public health and quality of life benefits of these vehicles, transit agencies are rapidly converting their fleets. For example: King County’s Metro Transit will add 120 new all-electric buses over the next three years and plans to transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2034;  New York City announced it will convert its bus system to an all-electric fleet by 2040 or sooner; and San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has committed to an all electric bus fleet by 2035. We call upon TriMet to publically commit to transitioning completely to an electric bus fleet. Electric buses have quality of life benefits for both riders and those residing near bus lines. They are lower to the ground, not choked with toxic diesel exhaust, and are considerably quieter than traditional buses. As TriMet appropriately increases the frequency of buses along many routes and in historically underserved parts of our community, adoption of electric buses would have tremendous benefits for transit riders and the communities through which buses operate. We also ask that TriMet prioritize electric buses along routes that serve predominantly low-income and communities of color, who studies have shown bear the brunt of our community’s diesel pollution. Our region prides itself on its environmental leadership and innovative policies - the removal of Harbor Drive from our waterfront; the implementation of the urban growth boundary to protect farm and forest land; and the Coal to Clean legislation were all pioneering policies. TriMet has played a key role and been a leader in this field - from catalyzing a rebirth in urban rail to pioneering the use of more accessible low-floor light rail cars. TriMet has the opportunity to clean-up our air, take a bold step in protecting the climate, and make our region even more livable in one fell swoop. It is time for TriMet to reflect our values by moving forward with a bold vision and sound strategy for electrifying the bus fleet.  

Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson
534 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms, Jennifer N. Ide, Felicia Moore, Louis J. Grisoglio

Maintain MARTA through Virginia-Highland and Morningside (Buses 36 and 16)

On behalf of the people who commute on buses 36 and 16 to make a living everyday, the researchers at Emory University and Georgia Tech who use the bus service to collaborate and engage in transformative science, and the casual rider who chooses MARTA over a car to enjoy what Atlanta has to offer, we ask Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms, and Atlanta’s City Council to: a) Maintain or increase the frequency of transit on N. Highland Rd, Rock Springs Rd, Johnson Rd, and North Decatur Rd. b) Maintain direct MARTA service between Emory University and Midtown (Georgia Tech). c) Maintain direct service between Downtown and the Morningside, north Virginia-Highland, and northwestern Druid Hills neighborhoods. d) Maintain direct service between the Midtown and the Morningside, north Virginia-Highland, and northwestern Druid Hills neighborhoods. The demands listed above find support in MARTA’s mission statement, which indicates that the transit agency exists to "advocate and provide safe, multi-modal transit services that advance prosperity, connectivity, and equity for a more livable region."  Looking at a map of Atlanta in the early 20th century, one can see a dense fabric of interwoven streetcar lines binding the heart of the city to its surrounding neighborhoods. Indeed, a number of communities, such as Virginia-Highland or Inman Park, were founded as streetcar suburbs. In the 1940s, city folk could escape to these places of "countryside" living using public streetcar transit. Lines like the 2B (Oxford Rd/Briarcliff Rd), the 5A (North Highland Ave), or the 15 (Johnson Rd) efficiently connected the Virginia-Highland, Morningside, and Druid Hills neighborhoods with intown Atlanta. However, as the automobile established itself as a defining pillar in the American psyche, asphalt progressively interred streetcar tracks to accommodate rubber tires. The last streetcar made its final round in 1949. Transit shifted to the use of buses, but many routes were eventually retired. Today, service to northern Virginia-Highland, Morningside, and northwestern Druid Hills from Midtown and Downtown is limited to two MARTA-operated bus routes, 16 and 36. Bus 36 runs from Midtown Station along North Highland Rd and Rock Springs Rd, passing by Emory University, to end at Decatur Station. Bus 16 runs from Five Points Station in Downtown along Johnson Rd up to Lenox Station. Buses 16 and 36 operate on 30 and 40 minute-intervals, respectively, on weekdays. Although MARTA has sought to increase its budget through a special purpose local option sales tax for transportation (T-SPLOST) with the objective of "purchasing new buses, adding more frequent service, and introducing new bus routes," the agency has proposed to completely eliminate service through northern Virginia-Highland and Morningside neighborhoods starting August 18, 2018. According to maps released by the agency, 16 will now run from Five Points to Midtown station, while 36 will parallel Rt 6 until reaching North Decatur (east of Emory University). We maintain that these changes are diametrically opposed to MARTA's mission statement and will negatively impact the lives of people throughout Morningside, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills, and surrounding communities. By rerouting buses 16 and 36, MARTA is proposing to create a transit desert bounded by Briarcliff Rd to the east, Monroe Dr to the west, La Vista Rd to the north, and Virginia Ave to the south. The proposed changes would: 1) eliminate the only publicly available connection between Georgia Tech and Emory University (two of the most important research institutions in the Southeast); 2) remove direct connections between Downtown/Midtown and Morningside commercial districts; and 3) eliminate all transit within most of the Morningside neighborhood as well as northern Virginia-Highland and northwestern Druid Hills. Indeed, some users will now have to walk more than 1.5 miles to catch a bus. Furthermore, such changes would double transit times from Emory University and Druid Hills to Midtown or Downtown (20 to 40 minutes). Removing MARTA from these regions will leave residents with no options but to drive, exacerbating traffic in the city, air pollution, and reducing the region's overall livability.  These cuts in transit are being considered despite the fact that residents of the affected neighborhoods will continue to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund MARTA each year through the 1.5% sales tax. In other words, our communities are paying for services we will no longer be able to use. Please consider signing this petition to keep our neighborhoods effectively connected with the rest of the city and to increase multimodal transportation in Atlanta.

Joshua Mendez
503 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Pete, James Mueller, Eric Horvath, Tim Scott

Bring the South Shore to Downtown South Bend

For generations, people in our community took the South Shore from downtown South Bend to downtown Chicago.  Family vacations, business trips, and cultural experiences were all made possible by this interurban railroad. After operating the South Shore line out of what was intended to be a temporary location at the airport since 1992, South Bend now has an unprecedented opportunity to bring the train back downtown where it can do the most good. Yes, the upfront costs are high, however the return on investment is estimated to be nearly half a billion dollars. And the cost and construction timeline can be reduced significantly by laying track alongside the existing Norfolk Southern rail line. Moving the train downtown where it belongs will link Chicago and South Bend economically and culturally.  It will create a short commute for people who want to live in South Bend and work in Chicago. And visitors from Chicago will be welcomed to our downtown by such amenities as Four Winds Field, the Studebaker Technology Campus, Ignition Park, Century Center, Morris Performing Arts Center, award-winning restaurants, and hotels. Pairing the downtown train with TRANSPO bus service and bike sharing creates a true multi-modal transportation hub and provides sustainable transportation infrastructure for generations to come. The South Shore downtown station would be a significant investment in our resurgent community. Please join us in making your support for this investment known by signing our petition and spreading the word!

Downtown Train Team
1,714 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Seattle City Council

Say Yes! To Housing Near Transit #udistrict #yestothefuture

Now is the time to voice your support for the U District Urban Design changes! The proposal would allow our city to house more people in the blocks surrounding the new light rail station opening in 2021 at NE 43rd St. and Brooklyn Ave NE. The proposal would also implement new affordable housing and open space requirements, as well as incentives for childcare, historic preservation, and street improvements. Learn more about the U District Urban Design Changes here:  The City of Seattle identified the following as the framework for these changes: Recognize light rail as a catalyst for change Balance the regional influences with the eclectic local character Provide a network of great streets and public spaces Grow and diversify jobs Welcome a diversity of residents Improve public safety Encourage quality and variety in the built environment Build an environmentally sustainable neighborhood Improve integration between UW and the U District Support walking, biking, and transit In addition to signing this petition it is important that you write to Seattle City Council today! Please email all the councilmembers and tell them you want walkable, amenity-rich, transit-rich neighborhoods that are welcoming to everyone. The U District is getting more and more expensive everyday. Opposing these design changes will not prevent rents from rising or help long term affordability in our growing city. Please support the U District Urban Design changes by signing this petition today! 

Seattle YIMBYs
204 supporters