4641 Yates Road

                                                                                                            Bensalem, PA  19020


                                                                                                            September 10, 2005


Mr. David Gunn, President


60 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Washington, D.C.  20002


Dear Mr. Gunn:


Please do not pull the plug on Amtrak service at Cornwell Heights, PA, until a workable alternative can be found for commuters using that station, or until all practical attempts to find an alternative have been exhausted.  People will be badly hurt if Amtrak tucks its tail between its steely wheels and sneaks out on the station in the next month or two.  I use the word “sneak” quite intentionally, because Amtrak has been nothing less than intentionally deceptive in its recent public dealings with riders at Cornwells Heights.  Putting a yellow stain on Amtrak’s record is in no one’s best interest, not even Amtrak’s.


I am running the Internet website www.savecornwellsheights.com.  I hope you can take a look at it and come to better understand the issues and the gravity of the mistakes, both past and present – and many made by Amtrak on your watch – which have brought this most excellent commuting station to the very precipice of extinction.


Enclosed please find a copy of the letter I sent to Ms. Faye Moore, the general manager of SEPTA, someone who I believe will have to help pick up the shattered pieces of the mess you will leave behind at Cornwells Heights should you and Amtrak cut and run as your public relations arm claims you intend to do.


Even though you are not beholden to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for funding, please consider working with them and their members simply out of basic human decency.  Hopefully you and SEPTA and New Jersey Transit and PennDOT can put your heads together and come up with a workable solution to the problem that does not involve treating the citizens of Lower Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia like expendable nonentities.


As you make progress, and as I am able to find out about it, I intend to publicly report it on the website so that all concerned, especially the riders, can see what a good job you will be doing on their behalf.


Please keep me posted as best you can.  By the time you receive this letter, a copy should already have been publicly posted on www.savecornwellsheights.com.


I thank you in advance for your assistance.




Sincerely yours,



Rick Booth