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🚉 PETITION FOR SEPTA: Restore Service & Lower Fares on Regional Rail
In response to stories of dangerous overcrowding on buses or riders being denied entry due to capacity limits -- coupled with nearly-empty Regional Rail trains -- 5th Square is launching its latest petition asking SEPTA to take advantage of its Regional Rail network for the benefit of working Philadelphians.
SEPTA can quickly increase its capacity to serve working Philadelphians by opening its vast and underutilized Regional Rail network during an unprecedented time.
These changes would give Philadelphia transit riders the room to socially distance while also rebuilding ridership on otherwise nearly-empty Regional Rail trains. These changes would also break down long-standing barriers between transit and regional rail -- finally enabling riders to use SEPTA as an integrated network.
☎️ TELL PAT TOOMEY TRANSIT NEEDS COVID-19 RELIEF
After our successful Transit Funding Talk with Senator Bob Casey on Tuesday, we are sharing the urgent ask to contact Senator Pat Toomey to demand that he vote to include $32 billion in relief funding for transit.
We are sharing this easy email tool by the American Public Transportation Association, so you can do the same!
Alternatively, you can also text "SIGN CLCIZU" to "50409" to send this message to the Senator quickly from your cell phone.
Want to talk to a human? Call Toomey's Philly office at (215) 241-1090
Quick Talking Points:
- Public transit revenue has cratered during the COVID-19 crisis.
- This shortfall will mean fare hikes, service cuts, and shutdowns.
- Congress needs to invest $32 billion to address the projected shortfall.
- Public transit is the engine that drives the US economy.
- Without a fully operational transit system that people can rely on to get to work, school, dining, shopping, and health care, there is no economic recovery.
📰 5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS
Philly Counts is launching their Summer of Census program, the final and urgent push for Census participation in Philly. They are seeking volunteers in our district (Mantua, Walnut Hill, and Garden Court) to distribute door hangers and information. We hope to support Philly Counts' work to get a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, which will ensure Philadelphia gets the resources we are owed. This volunteer opportunity will not require face-to-face interaction. Sign up at bit.ly/SummerofCensus.
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