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

The Tracks Are Humming – Key Principles As We Look To The Future

The tracks are humming! We’re expecting further news about the East-West (or West-East) Rail Study soon, and SB2096 “An Act Special act funding a study of passenger service on the housatonic rail line” sponsored by Sen. Adam G. Hinds (D) was referred to Joint Committee on Rules on Thursday, April 30. Thanks to Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, too, for [...]

By |2020-05-14T11:50:05+00:00May 2nd, 2020|East-West Line, Train Campaign|0 Comments

A Rail Future, Write To Your Senators

Work continues on the Housatonic (Berkshire) Line during COVID-19 crisis, 17 April 2020. Photo taken in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. While we're sheltering in place, and flattening the curve, there's a lot going on that suggests a bright future for rail, for our region, and for the planet. (By the way, the 50th anniversary [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:11:11+00:00April 18th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments

Day on the Hill & Support for Rail in Washington DC

A year ago, we did a survey asking what the Train Campaign's priorities should be in 2019. The highest rated item was, "Outreach to federal legislators & campaign for infrastructure funding." We were at that point hoping for a federal infrastructure bill. Our hopes were dashed in May 2019 when talks in Washington broke down. [...]

By |2020-04-30T22:04:34+00:00April 4th, 2020|Blog, East-West Line, Notes, Take Action, Train Campaign|0 Comments

A list of nearly 30 train movies

Like many of you, we expect to be spending much of the next few weeks at home, and I thought you might like to see our list of train movies. Here's our latest list (please use the Comments section below to add more suggestions or let us know on Twitter @traincampaign): Some Like It Hot [...]

By |2020-03-15T09:59:56+00:00March 14th, 2020|Blog, Train Campaign|7 Comments

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

Transport Bill Moves To MA Senate

Major Transportation Funding Bill Passes the Massachusetts House And here's a good overview from T4MA: Transportation for Massachusetts Summary All six amendments supported by the Western Mass Rail Coalition were included in a consolidated amendment. Now we need to focus on the final language and on getting the bill passed by the senate and then [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:04:01+00:00March 9th, 2020|Blog, Notes, 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 [...]

Transportation Bills Being Debated in the MA House of Representatives NOW

Contact your state representative TODAY and ask them to support both of these bills: H.4506 An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment H.4508 An Act Relative to Transportation Finance These two bills will help fund our transportation system, provide regional equity for statewide transportation investments in public transit, roads, and bridges to reduce congestion, provide [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:05:52+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Notes, Take Action, Train Campaign|0 Comments

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