About Karen Christensen

Karen Christensen is an American entrepreneur, environmentalist, and founder of the Train Campaign. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She grew up in the Silicon Valley, started her career in London, and has lived in Great Barrington since 1995.

Best of Both Worlds: Trains & Trails

Tom Sexton On this episode of Train Time, Tom Sexton, NE Regional Director for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, explains the growing movement to combine passenger rail service and multi-use trails. While many people think that trails mean no trains, the reality is that the two forms of transportation work well together, and offer benefits to both [...]

By |2021-12-13T12:51:30+00:00November 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kevin Ellis on “The Embarrassment of Amtrak”

An Amtrak trip from Vermont to New York made Kevin Ellis angry. But not in the way a difficult flight or terrible traffic can make us angry. A trip that could have been, that should be, a pleasure was instead deeply annoying. And he was embarrassed to think that this was the best America has [...]

By |2022-02-13T10:30:02+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

From 1991: “The Housatonic, the Little Railroad That Could, and Did”

The Housatonic, the Little Railroad That Could, and Did - New York Times By Randall Beach Feb. 10, 1991 A version of this article appears in print on Feb. 10, 1991, Section 12CN, Page 1 of the National edition with the headline: The Housatonic, the Little Railroad That Could, and Did. NINE years ago, John Hanlon Jr. heard about an overgrown, [...]

By |2021-05-31T17:08:38+00:00May 31st, 2021|Train Blog|0 Comments

Summary Information for An Act Funding a Study of Passenger Service on the Housatonic Rail Line

The Housatonic Line—also known as the Berkshire Line—was the route to the Berkshires from 1842 until 1971, when service stopped along with similar closures across the United States. It operates today as a freight line run by Housatonic Railroad Company. Download the March-2020 Housatonic Line handout. The Massachusetts portion of the track was purchased in [...]

By |2020-03-09T21:17:57+00:00March 9th, 2020|Train Blog|0 Comments

Let’s also keep CT in mind – read what then-governor Dannel Malloy told the Berkshire Record

There's been so much going on in Massachusetts, exciting developments and a lot of debate, and that winding road down to New Milford looks a lot longer in the winter. But we can't forget our friends, and the rail line, in Connecticut. It was good to have a reminder in the excellent Berkshire Record article, [...]

By |2020-02-28T18:25:39+00:00February 28th, 2020|Train Blog|0 Comments

Why the US has no high speed rail – transcript of CNBC video

Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail, May 2019, 16 minutes. Full transcript below, made by the Train Campaign. https://youtu.be/Qaf6baEu0_w [Start of video] China has the fastest and largest high-speed rail network in the world. The country has more than 19,000 miles of high-speed rail, the vast majority of which was built in the last [...]

By |2020-02-28T17:47:39+00:00January 5th, 2020|Train Blog, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Rural Rail: Reforging the Essential Connection between Cities and Rural Regions

Here's a summary of what I talked about in my presentation at RailNation, which I did from a friend's living room in Washington, DC. My proposal was this: "While there is lots of focus on metropolitan transit needs and major intercity lines, a connection that has been primary throughout human history is largely ignored. That [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:04:48+00:00November 3rd, 2019|Train Blog|0 Comments
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