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.

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

What’s the difference between the Berkshire (Housatonic) Line & the Berkshire Flyer?

Last updated 19 June 2019. After reading several letters to the editor about the Berkshire Flyer (the weekend service via Albany initiated by Senator Adam Hinds) as compared to the Housatonic route (the traditional Berkshire Line through northwestern Connecticut), I thought I should explain the two projects’ evolution over the last decade, and the current [...]

By |2021-02-03T14:30:44+00:00June 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Notes from the East-West Rail Study Presentation in Springfield, MA on 12 March 2019

Train service to Boston doesn’t get the same public attention, at least in Berkshire County, as potential New York passenger services, but the East-West Rail Study is a key issue for the Train Campaign because Boston is the other metropolitan economic powerhouse of the northeast United States, and of course our state capitol. There is [...]

By |2019-06-27T22:51:18+00:00March 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

WANTED: Volunteer fundraising strategist

Work with founder Karen Christensen to grow the Train Campaign and its outreach about the economic, environmental, and social benefits of train travel and the importance of the Housatonic project to Northwest Connecticut and the Berkshires. We’ll use traditional fundraising, grant writing, and online fundraising, too, with sponsorship and branding opportunities. You’ll have a professional [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:35+00:00May 5th, 2016|Train Campaign, Volunteer|0 Comments

WANTED: Volunteer researcher

The Train Campaign is all about connections! Not only because we’re working towards the restoration of passenger rail service between New York City and the Berkshires, but because we need to connect with companies and nonprofit institutions that will benefit from the new service and can help us help their communities. If you're a researcher [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:35+00:00May 5th, 2016|Train Campaign, Volunteer|0 Comments

New Bring Back the Trains online petition

We need a new petition focused on interstate cooperation. Help create a compelling new pitch for a Train Campaign online petition. The existing petition garnered nearly 5,000 signatures and many comments. You can see it (and sign it) at http://ow.ly/4no4lj. This petition helped us get a lot of attention and contributed to the commitment made [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:35+00:00May 5th, 2016|Volunteer|0 Comments

WordPress website enhancement

Our mission is to "Bring Back the Trains." Our website -www.barringtoninstitute.org/projects/traincampaign/ - is where we bring people together, share resources, and educate the public about the environmental, economic, and social benefits of passenger rail travel. The site needs to be upgraded to make us more effective, with a custom page system, tools to share with other [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:35+00:00May 5th, 2016|Train Campaign, Volunteer|0 Comments

“CT Gov. tells Berkshires rail boosters: Bay State must pay”

Thanks to Terry Cowgill at the Berkshire Record for continued coverage of the Train Campaign. We're especially glad to get an update direct from Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy. More next month (and next year! - welcome 2016) on the Massachusetts DOT, which is not winning hearts and minds in the Berkshires. Here's Terry's recent cover [...]

By |2018-09-05T05:53:39+00:00December 23rd, 2015|Blog, Train Campaign|6 Comments

MassDOT takes us back to the 1980s

Last night’s transportation “Conversation” in Pittsfield was a bust. As you can see it this photo, there were six DOT people ranged at a head table with signs in front of them saying “Rail” “Bike” etc., and tables at the side of the room with computers. First, we had pitches from our three state reps. [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:36+00:00October 30th, 2015|Berkshire views & viewpoints|5 Comments

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