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.

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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

WANTED: Volunteer for the Train Campaign

Efforts to bring back passenger rail are springing up all over the United States. Our project, the Housatonic Corridor line from Grand Central Terminal through NW Connecticut and on to Pittsfield, MA, in the center of the Berkshires, is a model for the nation. Let's make it happen! To do this, the Train Campaign needs [...]

By |2016-09-12T21:12:52+00:00October 30th, 2015|Take Action|0 Comments

MassDot “Conversation” in Pittsfield

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 6.00pm in Pittsfield, MA, to tell officials from the MassDOT (Department of Transportation) how important passenger train service is to western Massachusetts communities and businesses. Our efforts at the Train Campaign continue, and we need your voice and continued support. You'll have a chance to get updates, [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:36+00:00October 30th, 2015|Berkshire views & viewpoints|1 Comment

A history of the Berkshire Line

Here is Chapter 4 Berkshire Line: New Haven's Route to the Hills, pages 45-53, from the book New Haven Passenger Trains by Peter E. Lynch, published by Quarto Publishing Group USA, 2005. Here's a bit from the introduction: The Berkshire Line originated as the combination of the Housatonic Railroad, which opened between  Bridgeport and Canaan, Connecticut, [...]

By |2019-12-20T10:48:17+00:00July 3rd, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Rail is a catalyst for better development

California's plans for high-speed rail is one important aspect of passenger rail revitalization in the United States. Here's architect and planner Peter Calthorpe on why "High-Speed Rail Is a Catalyst for Better Development."  "Just as the ’56 highway bill helped spawn the modern suburb, high-speed rail would energize a new generation of community building — one [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:47+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

Maine seeks bids to operate rail line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland

Here's another of the passenger rail projects being considered, and campaigned for, in the United States. Interest in small-scale passenger rail projects is evolving in Europe, too, where small rail lines closed in the 1960s are being revived. A vision for global rail systems has to include smaller projects as well as major city connectors, [...]

By |2015-07-02T10:10:55+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Blog, Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

Bio-toilets on Indian trains

Clean and convenient restrooms are important features of modern train service and are top on the list for the new Berkshire Line. While we may complain about the condition of restrooms on Metro-North trains, here's an article from India about a situation we don't face here in the United States. NEW DELHI: Rail tracks in [...]

By |2015-07-02T08:03:31+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

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