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The Network Effect: A Conversation with Jim Mathews of the Rail Passengers Association

This conversation with Jim Mathews, CEO of the national Rail Passengers Association, began when he and host Karen Christensen met at the 40th Annual NYS Passenger Rail Advocates Meeting & Lunch in Albany on 7 March 2020, just days before the US lockdowns began. Mathews frequently talks about the important of measuring the value [...]

By |2020-10-14T16:05:37+00:00October 14th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments

T for All of MA: A Conversation with Chris Dempsey of Transportation for Massachusetts

We're speaking with Chris Dempsey, director of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), about the “us or them” mentality that often pervades transport funding, and the efforts is making to build connections across the entire state, including out to western Mass and even to Berkshire County, which we sometimes call western western Mass. In [...]

By |2020-10-14T16:05:26+00:00October 7th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments

Fast, Low-cost Ways to Improve Passenger Rail Service Now: A Conversation with Jay Flynn of TransitMatters

We spoke to Jay Flynn, officially “Bus Lead” but generally known as one of the TransitMatters gadflies. Jay worked in government for years before becoming a transportation advocate with TransitMatters. We’ve observed that TransitMatters seems to be good at holding feet to the fire. Flynn laughed and said, “Speaking truth to power.” [...]

By |2020-09-27T17:05:34+00:00September 27th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments

A Conversation with State Senator Eric Lesser: Can We Build Back Better?

Just over a year ago we interviewed Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser about his efforts to bring frequent, fast passenger rail service from Boston to western Massachusetts. This week, we caught up with him again, talking about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for his constituents and our nation. We asked if the crisis [...]

By |2020-09-11T17:51:47+00:00September 5th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments

A list of nearly 30 train movies

Like many of you, we expect to be spending much of the next few weeks at home, and I thought you might like to see our list of train movies. Here's our latest list (please use the Comments section below to add more suggestions or let us know on Twitter @traincampaign): Some Like It Hot [...]

By |2020-03-15T09:59:56+00:00March 14th, 2020|Blog, Train Campaign|7 Comments

Western MA Transportation Forum announced

Delighted to see this. The Train Campaign and Western Mass Rail Coalition look forward to participating. Join us! The Western MA Legislative Delegation and community partners invite you to join us for: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? WESTERN  MA TRANSPORTATION FORUM KEYNOTE BY SENATOR ERIC LESSER Friday, September 13, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 [...]

“Determine the best approach now” – letter from Pieter Ruig to Berkshire delegation

From my perspective, there really is only one rail proposal for travel to New York City that makes sense. My main concern is that with limited funds pursuing a sub-optimal alternative (e.g., Berkshire Flyer) will delay and short change other better approaches, or even worse, offer unintended reasons for the politicians and other skeptics to [...]

By |2019-06-27T22:50:33+00:00June 19th, 2019|Berkshire views & viewpoints|0 Comments

WAMC interview with Karen Christensen

Berkshire County Nonprofit Advocates For Greater Regional Rail Access Karen Christensen is an author and the co-founder Berkshire Publishing Group in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She’s also the founder and president of the Train Campaign – what she describes as “an accidental operation that’s taken on a life of its own.” The nonprofit group works to educate the [...]

By |2019-06-23T12:23:35+00:00January 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments
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