Sunday, March 30, 2008

Support LD 2019 AS AMENDED

An Act To Make Capital Rail Improvements for Economic Development Purposes.

Why Support LD 2019 AS AMENDED?

1. Fixes the missing link in our railroad network by directing one half of the rental car tax for investment in railroad improvements to Yarmouth Junction and Brunswick. Towns and cities along railroads throughout Maine will have the possibility for passenger service and improve freight business by investing in this railroad link.

2. The success of passenger rail service in Maine due to ridership exceeding expectations and economic development will be extended to Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.

3. Freight rail speeds will double allowing Maine wood products and other goods to be exported more competitively.

4. State tax revenue will increase by $72 million by 2030 due to transit oriented developments along the passenger rail corridor.

When? RIGHT NOW because the Legislature will vote on LD 2019 AS AMENDED tomorrow (Monday 3/31).

How?
1. Forward this email to your friends and family member throughout the Maine.

2. Call your State Reps and Senator by using the phone script below and clicking on the link to find their contact info: http://janus.state.me.us/house/townlist.htm#P

TELEPHONE script

Hello Representative/ Senator ______________________,
My name is ____________________________________ from _______________________ and I’m calling you in support for ld 2019 AS AMENDED AND Changed to upgrading a rail road connection to Brunswick for Freight rail and passenger service.

The passage of LD 2019 AS AMENDED

1. Fixes the missing link in our railroad network by directing one half of the rental car tax for investment in railroad improvements to Yarmouth Junction and Brunswick. Towns and cities along railroads throughout Maine will have the possibility for passenger service by investing in this railroad link.

2. The success of passenger rail service in Maine due to ridership exceeding expectations and economic development will be extended to Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.

3. Freight rail speeds will double allowing Maine wood products and other goods to be exported more competitively.

4. State tax revenue will increase by $72 million by 2030 due to transit oriented developments along the passenger rail corridor.
This is not to fund passenger rail OPERATIONS. Instead it is an investment in a ROAD - a railroad - serving the immediate economic needs of the entire state’s economy.

I urge you to support this investment in railroad infrastructure in Maine. If you have any questions or would like to talk about this more, please feel free to call me at __________________, anytime.


3. Email your State Legislators and the Governor http://janus.state.me.us/house/townlist.htm#P with this message by clicking the subject line above.

Hello Representative/ Senator ______________________,

My name is ____________________________________ from _______________________ and I’m contacting you in support for LD 2019 AS AMENDED and Changed to upgrading a railroad connection to Brunswick for Freight rail and passenger service.

The passage of LD 2019 AS AMENDED

1. Fixes the missing link in our railroad network by directing one half of the rental car tax for investment in railroad improvements to Yarmouth Junction and Brunswick. Towns and cities along railroads throughout Maine will have the possibility for passenger service by investing in this railroad link.

2. The success of passenger rail service in Maine due to ridership exceeding expectations and economic development will be extended to Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.

3. Freight rail speeds will double allowing Maine wood products and other goods to be exported more competitively.

4. State tax revenue will increase by $72 million by 2030 due to transit oriented developments along the passenger rail corridor.
This is not to fund passenger rail OPERATIONS. Instead it is an investment in a railroad serving the immediate economic needs of the entire state’s economy.

I urge you to support this investment in railroad infrastructure in Maine. If you have any questions or would like to talk about this more, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Sincerely,
________________

4. Go to Augusta tomorrow (Monday 3/31) and urge the Legislature to pass LD 2019 AS AMENDED.

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