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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.

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|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|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|Blog, Ideas from elsewhere, 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|Blog|0 Comments

Train Minute #3: Marilyn Kelly of Lee, Massachusetts Talks about Riding the Berkshire Line

Train Minute #3: Marilyn Kelly, a lifetime resident of Lee, Massachusetts, talks about riding the Berkshire Line to New York City to see a show, and how she and her girlfriends could be home in Lee by 11pm. We're working to bring passenger rail back to the Berkshires! Train Minutes come from the Train Campaign, [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:11:48+00:00July 29th, 2019|Podcasts, Train Minutes|0 Comments

Train Minute #2: Frederick Douglass Rides the East-West Train in Massachusetts

While it's well known that African American intellectual and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois came from Great Barrington in western Massachusetts, it's less well known that another great African American leader, Frederick Douglass, traveled extensively in New England. Of course he traveled by train, and experienced many examples of racial prejudice. But [...]

By |2019-07-29T18:49:38+00:00July 29th, 2019|Train Minutes|0 Comments

Train Time Podcast with Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser: Connecting the Commonwealth

Welcome to Train Time, a podcast from the Train Campaign, working to connect cities and rural areas because we’re convinced that passenger rail as the essential framework for efficient, sustainable transportation in the 21st century. Train Time is hosted by Karen Christensen, founder and president of the Train Campaign. Our guest this week is Massachusetts [...]

By |2019-12-24T09:14:23+00:00July 29th, 2019|Podcasts, Train Time|2 Comments

Train Minute #1: Geddes Goes to the City (from Lewis Mumford’s Green Memories)

Lewis Mumford was one of the 20th century’s most famous writers on both the urban and rural experience. He and his wife Sophia lived in Amenia, New York, for many decades. This story comes from Mumford’s book, Green Memories, and takes place in the early 1930s. Train Minutes come from the Train Campaign, the rail advocacy [...]

By |2019-07-29T18:13:36+00:00July 24th, 2019|Train Minutes|0 Comments
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