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A Big Vision for Big Sky Country

Our first Train Time podcast outside the Northeast takes us to Big Sky country. We spoke to David Strohmaier, chair of the Missoula Board of County Commissioners, about efforts to restore passenger rail service restored through the southern tier of Montana. He is also chair of the newly formed Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority, which [...]

By |2021-02-24T19:34:11+00:00February 24th, 2021|0 Comments

Talking North Atlantic Rail with Robert Yaro

Bob Yaro joins us to explain the history and concept of North Atlantic Rail, a project that has attracted great interest because of its scope and ambition. North Atlantic Rail is an initiative aimed as building a high-performance rail network to serve New England and downstate New York, connecting New York and Boston with high-speed [...]

By |2021-02-20T15:19:08+00:00February 11th, 2021|0 Comments

Seth Moulton’s Bold Vision for High-speed Rail in the US

We spoke with Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton (D-6th District) on January 13, 2021 about his bold plan for high-speed rail in the United States. He filed his “American High-Speed Rail” bill last May. The prospects for investment in rail look far better now and we will be following developments in federal infrastructure recovery, knowing that [...]

By |2021-02-11T17:27:37+00:00January 15th, 2021|0 Comments

All These Things Are Possible: An interview about rail transformation with Governor Michael Dukakis

Former governor Michael Dukakis has strong views on the importance of public transportation. He thinks it's an important investment but he's also a believer in keeping costs in check. We talk here about rail as a regional issue and national imperative, and hear his views on how should governors and legislators should be thinking about [...]

By |2021-01-18T17:10:42+00:00December 15th, 2020|0 Comments

The Network Effect: A Conversation with Jim Mathews of the Rail Passengers Association

This conversation with Jim Mathews, CEO of the national Rail Passengers Association, began when he and host Karen Christensen met at the 40th Annual NYS Passenger Rail Advocates Meeting & Lunch in Albany on 7 March 2020, just days before the US lockdowns began. Mathews frequently talks about the important of measuring the value [...]

By |2020-10-14T16:05:37+00:00October 14th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments

The Network Effect: A Conversation with Jim Mathews, Rail Passengers Association

Welcome to Train Time. I’m Karen Christensen, and we’re talking today with Jim Mathews, CEO of the national Rail Passengers Association, about innovative ways of looking at the value passenger rail brings to our country and to our communities. We spoke about Jim’s awareness from an early age that trains make things happen, that all [...]

By |2021-02-27T11:50:14+00:00October 12th, 2020|0 Comments

T for All of MA: A Conversation with Chris Dempsey of Transportation for Massachusetts

We're speaking with Chris Dempsey, director of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), about the “us or them” mentality that often pervades transport funding, and the efforts is making to build connections across the entire state, including out to western Mass and even to Berkshire County, which we sometimes call western western Mass. In this [...]

By |2021-02-27T12:06:39+00:00October 7th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments

Fast, Low-cost Ways to Improve Passenger Rail Service Now: A Conversation with Jay Flynn of TransitMatters

We spoke to Jay Flynn, officially “Bus Lead” but generally known as one of the TransitMatters gadflies. Jay worked in government for years before becoming a transportation advocate with TransitMatters. We’ve observed that TransitMatters seems to be good at holding feet to the fire. Flynn laughed and said, “Speaking truth to [...]

By |2021-02-20T19:15:07+00:00September 27th, 2020|Podcasts, Train Time|0 Comments
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