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 #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|Miscellaneous|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|Miscellaneous|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|Miscellaneous|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|Miscellaneous|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|Train 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|Train 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|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|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|Miscellaneous|0 Comments
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