I do not talk very much about this but this isn't exactly "news" to everyone, since I asked for feedback in Cyburbia at one time: I have my own local project that I have been working on for a couple of years or so. That is part of why I understand the frustration of folks who do this pro-bono.
Here is what I have online so far: http://eclogiselle.com/rail.html I bought the domain name solanorail.com (and .org and a few others). The domain names are going to be redirect pages and I want to make it a separate sub-section on my website. But that is all in the works.
Some things I have done:
I have used several of my college classes to further this project. The GIS work was done in two GIS classes of mine. The environmental economic analysis was done in my environmental economics class. And this past quarter I began writing some drafts of letters I need to write to various people/organizations.
I contacted an organization that promotes public transit. The guy there gave me the name of a local organization that advocates for environmental issues, among other things. I attended that meeting and they gave me some suggestions and feedback on a letter I have started.
I contacted an organization that helps folks with disabilities. I met an interesting guy there who gave me his phone number and e-mail address and the name and number of another guy (after calling him to see if it would be okay). I called that guy and he gave me some useful suggestions, some of which are on my “to do” list (below).
Some things on my “to do” list (a work in progress and it changes as I learn more – not sure I will really write the governor):
Make Solanorail.com a sub website on the server
Put statement of support up on the rail website
Design bumper sticker
Print off brochures and pamphlets and begin mailing them out
Write to CCJPA and the governor
Research whom to mail them to. (letters to the editor for The Reporter and The Daily Republic; and letter to the base commander)
It all seems to take forever. I get frustrated because I feel like I am “getting nowhere”. But the actual rail plan of the county has been in the works for about 9 years and they have yet to break ground. I think I still have time to build support for a better alternative. I expect my “to do” list to change and my approach to change as I learn more and contact more people. So I expect some things on my “to do” list will probably never get done in the way that they have been initially conceived. I hope the thought process will be helpful to someone.