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Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Geary Robinson

Revert the Discovery Park route back to how it was

The recent change in bus routes were designed to "reduce fuel costs and improve campus safety." While this change may be beneficial to many other routes formerly based at Kerr and the Highland Street Garage (namely Bernard Street, Centre Place, Colorado Express, Sam Bass) by centralizing them at the Union, it negatively impacts routes such as Discovery Park. The Discovery Park bus route's terminus on main campus has been changed to Fouts Field. This is next to the Coliseum, which is close to Clark Hall, Honors Hall, and Rawlins Hall. Fouts Field isn't close to any classes. While those living on the southwest side of campus could afford to depart from their dormitory to the Rec Center stop in only 10 minutes time maximum, many students will have classes right before their bus ride to Discovery Park, and they only have 40 minutes to ride the bus. Most classes are on the east side of campus, perhaps only 3-5 minutes away from the GAB bus stop on average. The only significant buildings west of Avenue C that have classes are Bain Hall, Chilton Hall, the Physical Education Building, and Gateway Center, none of which have classes that mainly pertain to College of Engineering or Information students. Therefore, most people will be going to Discovery Park from the east side of campus, and moving the bus stop to the very west side of campus will force students to walk for 10 minutes, or a quarter of their allotted time to get to Discovery Park. By missing one bus, which is likely with the current schedule, they will have to wait 15 minutes for the next bus and spend another 15 minutes riding to Discovery Park. This means many students will have to spend their entire 40 minutes (or more) getting to the bus and riding it, prolonging commutes and inevitably increasing tardy arrival at classes. This was never an issue when the bus terminated at the centrally-located GAB bus stop, when students could get to Discovery Park in 20-30 minutes and have a comfortable break. Instead, students will now be forced to run to Fouts Field, wait in the blisteringly hot Texas sun in the middle of nowhere, and pray when the bus finally picks them up that it arrives at Discovery Park on time. Surely, getting students to class on time outweighs the increased fuel costs of stopping at the GAB? Furthermore, the Discovery Park bus route's new terminus will not improve campus safety but decrease it. The many buses that formerly stopped at Kerr travelled along Maple St., which indeed could have posed a safety issue. However, the portion of the Discovery Park route that was gutted in favor of routing it to Fouts Field is still served by the Mean Green route. The route that DP travelled on Chestnut St., Ave D, Mulberry St., and Ave B were on the outskirts of campus. Last year, no pedestrian was hit by any buses on this specific route. The fact that Mean Green is still using this exact route but Discovery Park can no longer do so is hypocritical and will only reduce campus safety by forcing students to run across the campus in order to catch their bus. Students will likely worry about catching the bus more than looking for cars while they cross the street, resulting in more vehicular collisions with pedestrians. Two comments from the UNT subreddit already doubt the questionable logic given behind "increasing pedestrian safety." "Barring the monetary concerns for this change in route, I never realized it was hard for people to pay attention to the road they're walking on in order to not get hit by a bus as the author so eloquently ends this article. Obviously safety matters, but that's hardly a reason to argue for this change. It's not hard to look both ways and pay attention to your surroundings when you're near moving or stationary vehicles of that size?""I don't think that's the real reason as to why they are making the change. Nothing to do with almost getting hit by a bus. Especially since I don't think anyone cares whether they get hit by a bus, an SUV, or a car. It results in the same thing. This is something similar to inflation you see in the store. We aren't going to raise the price on xyz, what we will do is provide you less of it. In this situation it's about not increasing the price on students (I'm sure UNT will increase prices elsewhere), and providing less stops in the campus." The new bus routes use a hub and spoke model, but it heavily relies on the infamous Mean Green route, known for its slow travel times of >30 minutes for a simple loop around campus. Such an unhealthy reliance is only sure to bring disaster to campus transportation. Furthermore, since the Mean Green route travels clockwise around campus, people who wait at the GAB to travel to Fouts Field will have to travel 3/4ths of the way around campus as opposed to 1/4th of the way if the Mean Green route were also offered in a counterclockwise option. Nonetheless, transferring a bus isn't ideal and wastes more time travelling. This is time that students don't have to waste. The downsides to rerouting the Discovery Park bus route heavily outweigh the supposed benefits. Those taking classes at Discovery Park do not have time to waste on this new route, so please restore the former route that worked well for everyone.

Jeffrey Wang
81 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to Oliver G. Gilbert III, Lisa C. Davis, Rodney Harris, Erhabor Ighodaro, Lillie Q. Odom, David Williams Jr., Felicia Robinson

Remove the Red Light Camera Program in Miami Gardens, Florida

In 2008, the red light camera program was introduced to Miami Gardens, FL. In June 2014, the State Supreme Court ruled that multiple cites in Florida including, Hollywood, Aventurua, and  Miami Gardens violated their authority when they created their red light programs between 2008-2010. Red light camera programs are perceived to prevent accidents and leads to safer roads. But questions arises about whether the cameras are accomplishing their stated goal of improving driver's safety especially after a December report from the State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. That report, which tracked 276 camera monitored intersections, said crashes actually increased by about 15% after the cameras were installed. This report highlights that the red light camera programs are more about revenue than safety. ATS, other private agencies and the City of Miami Gardens are making millions of dollars off of its citizens the fines are illegal and taken money off of the citizens in an illegal way. In June 2014, despite this ruling the City of Miami Gardens City Counsel voted to approve two agreements with the red light program vendor Arizona based American Traffic Solutions (ATS).  The agreement now gives the authority to issue potential red light violations to the city manager and not law enforcement agencies. It also states that , "ATS does not now and never has exercised discretion in deciding" on the violation. The changes come after a recent opinion was issued in a case in Broward's Fourth District Court of Appeal, City of Hollywood Vs. Arem, and stated the company ATS appeared to be making  the decisions under violations. Following the Arem decision Miami Gardens and other cities, including Aventura, Margate, and Florida City has been named in class action law suits.  ATS is now facing numerous Federal law suits in Federal Court including one brought by a group of five Hialeah residents. The City of North Miami's Mayor Smith Joesph and the Mayor of Hialeah Carlos Hernandez, cancelled their cities contract with ATS and  has set the precedence  for standing up for its City's citizens by removing the red light camera program from its city. Now we the Citizens of Miami Gardens demand that Mayor Oliver Gilbert III and the City's Counsel remove the illegal Red Light Camera program from the City.  

Jahirie Alexander
2,525 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Dan Patrick, Greg Abbott, Lois Kolkhorst, Joe Pickett, James Morris, James Bass, Tryon D. Lewis, Jeff Austin III, J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Laura Ryan, Victor Vandergriff, Chris Miller


DONATE: LEARN MORE: GET INVOLVED: This petition is the result of the backlash building against Texas Toll Roads. For 20 years. The State of Texas has allowed and encouraged the development of a complicated, abusive and convoluted Toll Road infrastructure. Arguably "negligent" legislation, enacted by lawmakers in Austin has enabled regional toll operators to "create" their own, individual operating regulations - many of which are unique to each regional toll system. This "lack of control and regulation" has directly resulted in a Toll Road System that is ABUSIVE to citizens. The operating structure of the Toll Road System across the entire State of Texas MUST change. Current state laws do not adequately regulate Toll Road Operations or protect citizens from the "pitfalls" of the current laws, regulations and operating nature of Toll Infrastructure. The result - True harm is coming to Texas citizens in the form of egregious fines, harassment, loss of driving privileges, an inability to register vehicles, arrests financial abuse and other circumstances that are due, not because Texans are outlaws trying to abuse the Toll system but instead, caused directly by the lack of proper regulation and oversight to prevent a Toll System that is NOT citizen Friendly. There is a general consensus among ALL Texans is that lawmakers are turning a blind eye to the facts presented to them. They are unwilling to address the pleas of the people and the people feel helpless and violated. There is no charter within the Texas Constitution enabling or allowing our government to create, encourage and operate a mode of transportation that  is incompatible with the Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution.  "All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit" Therefore, we the people of the state of Texas are informing you, our elected officials, that the Current system of the Toll Road Infrastructure in Texas is NOT operating in a mode that is strictly beneficial to the citizens of Texas. Instead, lawmakers have created a system fraught with abusive, corrupt, unethical and Unconstitutional practices. These abuses and non-beneficial practices have repeatedly been presented to State Lawmakers who have ignored us, refused to listen to us and failed to act in accordance with the very charter of your office under the State Constitution.  TOLL ROADS ARE NOT CITIZEN FRIENDLY! We the people DEMAND that State legislators listen to, and address the litany of Unconstitutional, Unethical, abusive and non-beneficial "causes" of Unrest surrounding Toll Roads in Texas. WHAT WILL RESULT As an elected official, you have a responsibility to sensibly look out for the best interests of the people, to act in a manner that is in accordance with the best interests of the People and therefore, to correct the egregious operating concerns outlined herein. If you fail to act, We The People are prepared to file what may become the largest Class Action Lawsuit in Texas History in Federal Court to seek legal remuneration including injunctive, compensatory, special and incidental damages.  

Texas Toll Road Class Action Lawsuit
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