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East-West Rail, House Legislation, Interns, & More

It’s been a painful week in America and for America. Our hearts go out to those who are suffering, and our thanks to all those who are stepping up to make a difference. Our country now has to deal with the challenge of economic recovery, face up to long-standing issues of racial discrimination and social [...]

Massachusetts Law Makers Take the Lead on Infrastructure

Karen Christensen, founder and president of the Train Campaign, writes:  I cannot send this email without saying something about my grief over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the racism that continues to haunt and damage our country. W. E. B. Du Bois grew up in Great Barrington, the small town where I live and [...]

Interns, New Programming, Summer 2020 Begins

Today, we’d like to introduce the Train Campaign’s 2020 summer interns, Graham Lewis (below right) and Ethan Michalowski (below left), who are working with the Train Campaign this summer. Graham is in Georgia and Ethan is in Wisconsin, but they couldn't be more enthusiastic about the projects underway in our region. You’ll also find a summary [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Connecticut News

In CT, transportation is one of the big issues in 2020. These suggested comments come from Transport Hartford: CT2030 Plan – Overall, the state needs to include more bus transit (10% of the total) and active transportation (walking and biking infrastructure, 2% of the total).  This would be achievable by getting rid of any interstate or [...]

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National Comment Deadline: January 31st

Click HERE to submit your comment about what federal transportation priorities should be. Here are some details about this call for comment from the US Department of Transportation. Its title is Request for Information: Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success. This notice requests comments on unmet transportation infrastructure needs in rural transportation, barriers that rural [...]

Become a Train Angel

The Train Campaign is run by volunteers, but we need funds in order to undertake many vital activities: keep you up to date on policy developments and make it easy to contact legislators provide regular updates about new train and transport projects enhance our website with town-level information and a "last mile" information page extend [...]

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