4641 Yates Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
September 10, 2005:
Mr. George D. Warrington, Executive Director
New Jersey Transit Headquarters
1 Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105
Dear Mr. Warrington:
Enclosed please find a “press kit” I have produced, entirely at my own expense, regarding the planned shutdown of Amtrak service at Cornwells Heights, PA, and also a copy of a letter I am sending, simultaneous with this letter, to Ms. Faye Moore, the general manager of SEPTA. Please find a way to work with SEPTA and PennDOT, perhaps under the aegis of DVRPC, and even Amtrak itself, to find a way to not abruptly abandon the New York commuting community at Cornwells Heights, PA. Please do not allow it to be abandoned at all.
I am currently running the Internet website www.savecornwellsheights.com for the purpose of promoting and tracking progress towards preserving viable New York City commuting at Cornwells Heights. If worst comes to worst, please consider sending a few of the Clockers you take over from Amtrak down to Cornwells Heights. The station ridership has been stunted in its growth for eight years now, in large part because NJT puts out virtually all the maps and schedules for Northeast Corridor commuting in New York and the New Jersey portion of the Northeast Corridor, and Cornwells Heights cannot be found on any of them. Though it may not have been a direct intent of NJT’s to make Cornwells Heights invisible within the New York commuting market, the fact is, that is what happened. That is what you did. You can now make amends by helping to save the station and perhaps even promote it a little in some way. Surely state rivalries are not so petty as to prevent the minimum of cooperation it would take to let commuters know that Pennsylvania is also a commuting option.
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.