Write Letters

What Makes A Good Letter To The Editor?

Newspapers love to hear from readers who want to share their opinions.

It helps communities know what is happening, raises awareness of important issues and elected leaders DO keep track of public sentiment through letters..


  • The most effective letters are written from the writers own personal experience and perspectives. Work to relate a story of why passenger rail service is important to you. How do you use it now and how would your use increase with expanded & improved service.
  • If you own or run a business, talk about how passenger rail makes or could male a positive contribution to your business' sucess.
  • Include the benefits of passenger rail that are important to you.


  • Check with your local publication for the guidelines on how and where to submit letters.
  • Typically, Letters to the Editor should be brief; no more than 250 words. Be concise and targeted.
  • You must include your name, address and contact information (includuing your best telephone number). The publication will contact you, normally via phone, to verify your identity before publsihing your letter. If they can't reach you, your letter will NOT be published. Your sensative contact information will not be published.
  • While it is tempting to write letters to large national publications (i.e. Wall Street Journal; New York Times, etc.) it is VERY unlikley that you will be sucessful. It is best to use your local (or perhaps regional) papers.