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Karen Christensen

About Karen Christensen

Karen Christensen is an American entrepreneur, environmentalist, and founder of the Train Campaign. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She grew up in the Silicon Valley, started her career in London, and has lived in Great Barrington since 1995.

Write to Rep Hayes & your NWCT reps

Western Connecticut officials are again focusing on rail service to New York City, good news for those who have been campaigning for matching renovation of the CT portion of the Berkshire Housatonic Line. Congresswomen Hayes has jumped aboard when it comes to the Danbury connection, and we need to ensure she knows that this is [...]

By |2022-07-18T16:15:50+00:00July 18th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Berkshire Line route options & the Maybrook Line: observations from Fred Cain

One of our long-time supporters is Fred M. Cain of Topeka, Indiana. He has given us permission to share some of his observations about the Berkshire Line and related developments. First, some comments on the article about California high-speed rail we shared recently: Hi Karen, I have some thoughts that I'd like to share on [...]

By |2022-06-14T16:17:32+00:00June 14th, 2022|Blog|3 Comments

Massachusetts governor’s race could boost rail prospects in the Northeast

Not only do we have leading East-West Rail proponent Eric Lesser on the ballot in the race for lieutenant governor, but the governor's race could bring vital energy to the effort to build a North-South Rail Link in Boston. John Kyper of the Mass Sierra Club’s Transportation Committee passes this news along: [Former state rep [...]

By |2022-06-14T16:14:10+00:00June 14th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Lessons from around the world – a response by Ben Turon, Empire State Passenger Association

Ben Turon, one of our colleagues across the state line in Albany, has a lot to say about high-speed rail after reading the article from the Guardian we shared recently: Hello, Interesting article, but not entirely accurate, I would certainly disagree with the assertion that “countries that have moved fastest on such systems tend to [...]

By |2022-06-14T16:05:07+00:00June 14th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Connecticut: Danbury fast-track has a new start

DANBURY — News that U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., has requested a $2 million grant to take the city’s idea for a fast track to Grand Central station to the next step energized City Hall, which considers the project a key component in the downtown’s revitalization. “Once considered a long shot, a direct passenger rail [...]

By |2022-06-06T22:11:13+00:00June 6th, 2022|Notes|0 Comments

Massachusetts: East-West Rail has champions on the campaign trail

State Senator Eric Lesser is running for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. He's got a reputation as the "high-speed rail guy and referred to this in his speech at the Democratic State Party Convention last weekend. MassLive provides detailed coverage of how the campaign will unfold in this article, "Lesser offers Western Massachusetts balance, qualifies for Democratic [...]

By |2022-06-06T21:59:20+00:00June 6th, 2022|Blog, East-West Line|0 Comments

Downloads (handouts & flyers)

Factsheet: The Berkshire (Housatonic) Line The text fis provided for your convenience; you are welcome to use it in your own materials. The printable PDF version is shown at left. Click the link above to open the file. Berkshire Line Factsheet July 2021 The Housatonic Line—also known as the Berkshire Line—was the route [...]

By |2022-06-03T14:45:26+00:00June 3rd, 2022|Notes|0 Comments

Riding the Downeaster with Wayne Davis

Wayne Davis is renowned for his success in building support for the Downeaster, an exemplary passenger train service that runs from Boston to Maine. He’s also known for his continued efforts to strengthen the coalition of rail advocates across New England. In this podcast, Wayne tells his story along with his colleague Bruce Sleeper, who [...]

By |2024-04-18T12:12:56+00:00December 16th, 2021|Train Time Podcast|0 Comments

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