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Yearly Archives: 2014

Post-election updates from CT and MA

In CT, Dannel Malloy won a tight race and has a lot on his plate. Here's how to congratulate him and remind him that NWCT needs his support to Bring Back the Trains: The Honorable Dannel Malloy Email: malloy.office@ct.gov The State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 566-4840 Twitter: @DanMalloyCT In MA, let’s [...]

By |2014-11-25T22:04:40+00:00November 25th, 2014|Blog, Correspondence with legislators|0 Comments

Quiet crossings

One concern people have about the new passenger service is noise. Fortunately, modern tracks reduce sound and vibration to a minimum. So-called "quiet crossing" reduce the need for train whistles and warning horns.Here are two photos of a "quiet" crossing in Concord, MA. The idea is to create a barrier so that a car waiting for [...]

By |2014-11-25T22:00:59+00:00November 25th, 2014|Blog, Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

Funding priorities & public/private partnerships

In Washington, both the House and the Senate will need to do something to reauthorize funds for transportation projects. One encouraging aspect to those discussions is a growing recognition of the importance of public/private partnerships. We are one of the few projects in the country ready to move forward on a manageable scale. This would [...]

By |2014-11-25T21:57:01+00:00November 25th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

MA train station study endorsed

BRPC Concludes Train Station Study, Encourages Towns To Stay Involved By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Metropolitan Planning Organization endorsed Tuesday the study commissioned by the federal government and Housatonic Railroad for station locations. Four towns have been cited as the best locations to host stations — Pittsfield, Sheffield, Great Barrington [...]

By |2014-11-25T21:45:58+00:00November 25th, 2014|Berkshire views & viewpoints, Blog|0 Comments

Roaming the rail line in West Stockbridge

We came across this article by Great Barrington historian Bernard Drew and were delighted to learn more about the train services that criss-crossed the Berkshires in the past. We hiked a leg of the abandoned Berkshire Railroad in south West Stockbridge in search of a cattle pass. The Berkshire line was chartered in 1837 to continue the [...]

By |2014-11-25T21:40:33+00:00November 25th, 2014|Berkshire views & viewpoints, Blog|1 Comment

Our Petition to Bring Back the Trains

This petition had 4,565 supporters! The online petition http://ow.ly/zRYZQ has been updated, now that the MassDOT has committed to investing in the new rail upgrade, so the focus is now on Connecticut as well as on engaging and educating our communities in Massachusetts. The petition callsed on legislators to support a joint planning study that [...]

First Train Campaign NWCT event coming soon

We'll be in West Cornwall, CT on Thursday, 14 August 2014, 6-8pm at the Wandering Moose Cafe http://thewanderingmoosecafe.com. Nat Karns, head of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will be there to fill you in on the latest from MA, Karen Christensen will explain how she started the Train Campaign and how we're working in both [...]

By |2014-08-01T11:46:48+00:00August 1st, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

Train Campaign founder interviewed on Sharon, CT-based Robin Hood Radio

Marshall Miles of Robin Hood Radio talked to Karen Christensen about cooperation between Massachusetts and Connecticut http://podcasts.am1020whdd.com/~am1020wh/shows/play.php?id=2800 and the Train Campaign's first CT event on August 14th at the Wandering Moose in West Cornwall. You can listen to the podcast here: http://podcasts.am1020whdd.com/~am1020wh/shows/play.php?id=28006.  

By |2014-08-01T11:13:43+00:00August 1st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

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