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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|News, 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|News|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|News, Train Campaign, Uncategorized|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 [...]

Let’s also keep CT in mind – read what then-governor Dannel Malloy told the Berkshire Record

There's been so much going on in Massachusetts, exciting developments and a lot of debate, and that winding road down to New Milford looks a lot longer in the winter. But we can't forget our friends, and the rail line, in Connecticut. It was good to have a reminder in the excellent Berkshire Record article, [...]

By |2020-02-28T18:25:39+00:00February 28th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Boston Globe: “East-West rail must be part of state’s future”

February 21, 2020 If you want to kill a good idea, there’s a tried and true formula: Low-ball the benefits and inflate the costs. And so when state transportation officials put out the latest set of numbers on six alternatives for commuter rail service between Boston and Springfield — or possibly as far as Pittsfield [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:01:32+00:00February 22nd, 2020|Ideas from elsewhere, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Housatonic Line: Let’s make this happen!

With the favorable reporting on  Senate Bill SB2096 and House Bill HB3110 (HD1892), "A special act funding a study of passenger service on the Housatonic rail line," by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation, we need to ensure that they move ahead through the legislative process. Help us ensure that the full Berkshire delegation is [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:02:17+00:00February 19th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments

The Campaign for East-West Trains

From a Trains in the Valley report about the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meeting on February 6th of the East-West Rail Study Advisory Committee: “To the surprise of many in the room the numbers presented (ridership projections and estimated costs) were wildly different than what the previous study (from 2016) had projected. / As [...]

By |2020-04-30T21:18:18+00:00February 11th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments

Housatonic Bills Move Forward

We are very pleased to report that Senate Bill SB2096 and House Bill HB3110 (HD1892) have has been "reported out" favorably by the state's Joint Committee on Transportation. These bills were filed by the Train Campaign with the help of State Senator Adam Hinds and State Rep Smitty Pignatelli. They now move on to the next [...]

By |2020-04-30T21:06:49+00:00February 10th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments
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