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Yearly Archives: 2019

Rural Rail: Reforging the Essential Connection between Cities and Rural Regions

Here's a summary of what I talked about in my presentation at RailNation, which I did from a friend's living room in Washington, DC. My proposal was this: "While there is lots of focus on metropolitan transit needs and major intercity lines, a connection that has been primary throughout human history is largely ignored. That [...]

By |2019-11-03T20:59:59+00:00November 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Western MA Transportation Forum announced

Delighted to see this. The Train Campaign and Western Mass Rail Coalition look forward to participating. Join us! The Western MA Legislative Delegation and community partners invite you to join us for: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? WESTERN  MA TRANSPORTATION FORUM KEYNOTE BY SENATOR ERIC LESSER Friday, September 13, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 [...]

Train Minute #3: Marilyn Kelly of Lee, Massachusetts Talks about Riding the Berkshire Line

Train Minute #3: Marilyn Kelly, a lifetime resident of Lee, Massachusetts, talks about riding the Berkshire Line to New York City to see a show, and how she and her girlfriends could be home in Lee by 11pm. We're working to bring passenger rail back to the Berkshires! Train Minutes come from the Train Campaign, [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:11:48+00:00July 29th, 2019|Podcasts, Train Minutes|0 Comments

Train Minute #2: Frederick Douglass Rides the East-West Train in Massachusetts

While it's well known that African American intellectual and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois came from Great Barrington in western Massachusetts, it's less well known that another great African American leader, Frederick Douglass, traveled extensively in New England. Of course he traveled by train, and experienced many examples of racial prejudice. But [...]

By |2019-07-29T18:47:40+00:00July 29th, 2019|Train Minutes|0 Comments

Train Time Podcast with Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser: Connecting the Commonwealth

Welcome to Train Time, a podcast from the Train Campaign, working to connect cities and rural areas because we’re convinced that passenger rail as the essential framework for efficient, sustainable transportation in the 21st century. Train Time is hosted by Karen Christensen, founder and president of the Train Campaign. Our guest this week is Massachusetts [...]

By |2019-07-29T17:21:17+00:00July 29th, 2019|Podcasts, Train Time|2 Comments

Train Minute #1: Geddes Goes to the City (from Lewis Mumford’s Green Memories)

Lewis Mumford was one of the 20th century’s most famous writers on both the urban and rural experience. He and his wife Sophia lived in Amenia, New York, for many decades. This story comes from Mumford’s book, Green Memories, and takes place in the early 1930s. Train Minutes come from the Train Campaign, the rail advocacy [...]

By |2019-07-24T19:53:16+00:00July 24th, 2019|Train Minutes|0 Comments

“Determine the best approach now” – letter from Pieter Ruig to Berkshire delegation

From my perspective, there really is only one rail proposal for travel to New York City that makes sense. My main concern is that with limited funds pursuing a sub-optimal alternative (e.g., Berkshire Flyer) will delay and short change other better approaches, or even worse, offer unintended reasons for the politicians and other skeptics to [...]

By |2019-06-19T17:26:52+00:00June 19th, 2019|Berkshire views & viewpoints|0 Comments

What’s the difference between the Berkshire (Housatonic) Line & the Berkshire Flyer?

Last updated 19 June 2019. After reading several letters to the editor about the Berkshire Flyer (the weekend service via Albany initiated by Senator Adam Hinds) as compared to the Housatonic route (the traditional Berkshire Line through northwestern Connecticut), I thought I should explain the two projects’ evolution over the last decade, and the current [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:29:01+00:00June 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

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