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On the Move with Rep Christina Minicucci

Today's Train Time conversation with Massachusetts State Representative Christina Minicucci ranges widely. We talked about issues that affect the travel choices of people in Rep Minicucci's district, and in fact pretty much everywhere: frequency, reliability, and cost. We talked about trains, of course, but also about bike and hiking trails and safe streets. These other [...]

By |2021-12-13T12:51:10+00:00December 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

West-East, North-South with Rep Smitty Pignatelli

On this episode of Train Time we're talking to Rep William (Smitty) Pignatelli about his advocacy for new connections for western Massachusetts. Host Karen Christensen explains, "I'm delighted to welcome my own representative, Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox, to Train Time. Rep Pignatelli has been a great advocate for regional equity, in transportation as well as [...]

By |2021-12-13T13:55:51+00:00December 1st, 2021|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Riding the Downeaster with Wayne Davis

Wayne Davis is renowned for his success in building support for the Downeaster, an exemplary passenger train service that runs from Boston to Maine. He's also known for his continued efforts to strengthen the coalition of rail advocates across New England. In this podcast, Wayne tells his story along with his colleague Bruce Sleeper, who [...]

By |2021-12-13T12:51:41+00:00November 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Guest Post: Massachusetts Sierra Club comments on East-West Passenger Rail

This letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation during the comment period for the draft East-West Rail Study and is published as a guest post with permission.  The Massachusetts Sierra Club simply urges you to commit to East-West Passenger Rail and to develop and implement a plan to achieve it as soon as [...]

By |2020-12-05T15:25:21+00:00December 5th, 2020|Train Blog|0 Comments

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|Miscellaneous|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 this [...]

By |2021-02-27T12:06:39+00:00October 7th, 2020|Miscellaneous|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 [...]

By |2021-02-20T19:15:07+00:00September 27th, 2020|Miscellaneous|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|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

The Future By Rail & Recordings Of Last Week’s Zoom Presentations

It’s Time For America To Get Serious About Fixing The Trains This article by Amy Crawford explains that "Instead of spending billions to bail out airlines, advocates argue for a more carbon-friendly pandemic investment: railroad travel." Rail is the mode that “best supports 21st-century development in bustling urban centers, walkable downtowns even in much smaller cities [...]

By |2020-06-28T22:42:34+00:00June 28th, 2020|Train Blog, Train Campaign|0 Comments

East-West Rail News & More Online Events

Here's our interns' report on the East-West Rail Study meeting last week. They are also participating in our weekly "Office Hour," an informal meeting that anyone can join. Today, at 2pm, we'll be talking about the economic benefits of rail. The Zoom link is below, along with a list of other events, including a program in partnership with [...]

By |2020-06-28T22:18:24+00:00June 17th, 2020|Train Blog, Train Campaign|0 Comments
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