Join members of the SEMG Sierra Club, Transportation Riders United (TRU) ,and Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers on Saturday, June 25, 2005 for a day long excursion from Pontiac to Kalamazoo to show support for full Federal funding of AMTRAK (proposed Federal budget cuts would virtually assure an end to passenger rail service in the State of Michigan).
We will meet at the Pontiac AMTRAK station (free parking available) at 10am for a press conference/rally after which we will board the 11:05am train bound for Kalamazoo with stops in Detroit, Dearborn and Ann Arbor. After a 2 hour layover in Kalamazoo we will return to Pontiac by 8.55pmâ€¦join us for the whole trip or just part of the journey as your time allows!!!
We will leaflet and converse with passengers at each stop along the route, urging them to contact their legislators to oppose any Federal budget cuts to AMTRAK!!!
According to AMTRAKâ€™s latest surveys, Michigan ridership is up 15% from last year, serving over 600,000 passengers per year and employing 133 Michigan state residents. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (MI) chairs the House Transportation Subcommittee for the Appropriations Committee in Washington, DC. If there is only one action you can take, please phone, email or FAX (letters may be subject to security delays) his office before a committee vote scheduled for June 15 to let him know you want increased funding for AMTRAK. (FAX number (202) 226-2356 or email: Rep.Knollenberg@mail.house.gov as well your own national and state legislator since state funding is also at risk.
Intercity rail travelers emit up to 3 times less pollution per passenger mile than automobiles and 6 times less than by air. Support of Amtrak would help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce our impact on global warming.
Help spread the word to your family, neighbors & friends!!! Donâ€™t allow George Bush and his Congressional allies to pull the plug on AMTRAK by taking away Federal support!!
Donâ€™t Delay; Amtrak has given us a discounted group rate- use code x733 when purchasing your ticket (approx. $34 round trip Pontiac to Kalamazoo). The code does not work for Amtrakâ€™s website www.Amtrak.com. To use the discount code you must call 800-USA-RAIL no later than June 15 in time to mail your ticket or be subject to an additional Fed Ex charge since the Pontiac station does not have an agent. Or buy your ticket at a staffed Amtrak station in Detroit, Dearborn or Ann Arbor.
Please purchase your ticket as early as possible as space may be limited. Please R.V.S.P. Ed McArdle 313-388-6645 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can notify Amtrak to make special arrangements.
For more info; contact Ed at above or Transportation Riders United (TRU) 313-963-8872 or email@example.com.
For those not interested in driving to Pontiac and taking advantage of the wonderful free parking available, but would like to pick up the tour in Ann Arbor, the eastbound leg passes through Ann Arbor at 12:48pm, and return is at 6:47pm.