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Pittsfield Reimagined

I remember my first visit to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1992. I was newly arrived in Berkshire County from London, in England, where I had worked for nearly a decade after college. I’d landed in a little New England town called Great Barrington. My head was full of utopian ideas. I’d been reading an American writer [...]

By |2020-05-28T09:54:35+00:00May 12th, 2020|Berkshire views & viewpoints, Train Campaign|0 Comments

A Great Train Week In Massachusetts

The Housatonic Line is included in the governor’s $18-billion transportation bond bill, now pending before House Ways and Means, and thanks to Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and with the support of the Western Mass Rail Coalition, "Worcester to Springfield" was changed to "Worcester to Pittsfield." So in the bond bill there is now an allocation to [...]

Western MA Transportation Forum announced

Delighted to see this. The Train Campaign and Western Mass Rail Coalition look forward to participating. Join us! The Western MA Legislative Delegation and community partners invite you to join us for: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? WESTERN  MA TRANSPORTATION FORUM KEYNOTE BY SENATOR ERIC LESSER Friday, September 13, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 [...]

“Determine the best approach now” – letter from Pieter Ruig to Berkshire delegation

From my perspective, there really is only one rail proposal for travel to New York City that makes sense. My main concern is that with limited funds pursuing a sub-optimal alternative (e.g., Berkshire Flyer) will delay and short change other better approaches, or even worse, offer unintended reasons for the politicians and other skeptics to [...]

By |2019-06-27T22:50:33+00:00June 19th, 2019|Berkshire views & viewpoints|0 Comments

Proposal for a Pownal Rail Transportation Hub

PanAm Main Line Through Pownal Provides Special Opportunities writes W. A. Klinger,  a retired Amtrak conductor, who has graciously allowed us to share a proposal that would offer new passenger rail options to people in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York. Part of his proposal is for a commuter rail link from North Pownal (including Willamstown and [...]

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

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

Help us get a $11-million TIGER grant with your letters and tweets

I’m just back from China where I took the high-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing, and am writing to ask for you to help raise the profile of the Housatonic passenger rail line with the US Secretary of Transportation and our state legislators. Federal funding could play a huge role in moving the project forward, [...]

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