Sign MBTA Petition for Improved Closure Schedule

DIGITIAL PETITION LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/gSU0CdII7CbIIFb73

MBTA Forum was hosted on April 26 at 6:30pm in Gloucester City Hall where petitions were passed out to all to consider and sign, as well as provide the opportunity to speak out about any concerns on the proposed repair schedule.

PETITION IS AS FOLLOWS:

The undersigned oppose closure of all public transit for the commuter rail north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station, as has been proposed for a minimum of 28 days from July 17 through August 13, and of the entire North Station to Rockport line for a series of weekends in the summer of 2017, without suitable mitigation. We and others rely on the commuter service to get to work, school, food shop, visit family and friends and also to reach recreation and entertainment and shopping destinations on Cape Ann. Many people, especially

The undersigned oppose closure of all public transit for the commuter rail north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station, as has been proposed for a minimum of 28 days from July 17 through August 13, and of the entire North Station to Rockport line for a series of weekends in the summer of 2017, without suitable mitigation. We and others rely on the commuter service to get to work, school, food shop, visit family and friends and also to reach recreation and entertainment and shopping destinations on Cape Ann. Many people, especially lower paid workers, will lose their jobs if they have no public transit, as they have no private car to use instead or cannot afford the parking costs. Cape Ann businesses often rely on summer income to hit sustainable revenue needs for the entire year and some will fail due to absence of public transit. The valuation of all Cape Ann real estate will be diminished by the enduring poor reputation as having unreliable essential public transit. Alternative public transit must be made available to serve residents and visitors, at times and prices sufficiently affordable to accommodate all public needs. AS SIGNED BY THE BELOW NAMES:

STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSMAN SETH MOULTON

“As Massachusetts moves forward to implement Positive Train Control (PTC), it is imperative that MassDOT find ways to work with the communities impacted by this federally mandated requirement to ensure that the disruption to service is mitigated. While there is no good time to implement PTC, MassDOT needs to hear from community members about the impact shutting weekend commuter rail service in the summer months will have on their lives.

I was discouraged to hear that MassDOT has canceled public hearings, which are important in order for them to hear directly from the communities impacted by these weekend shutdowns.

I have heard your concerns loud and clear and I will continue to work with municipal, state, and MassDOT officials to ensure that this process is open, fair, and transparent”

Signed,

Congressman Seth Moulton

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