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Help us get a $11-million TIGER grant with your letters and tweets

I’m just back from China where I took the high-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing, and am writing to ask for you to help raise the profile of the Housatonic passenger rail line with the US Secretary of Transportation and our state legislators. Federal funding could play a huge role in moving the project forward, [...]

Berkshire Young Adults Survey

The Berkshires have been losing population for several decades and are projected to continue to lose population into the foreseeable future. Over the last two decades, the majority of this loss has been among young adults.The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), which also did a study of the economic benefits of passenger rail, is now [...]

By |2015-02-21T06:37:32+00:00February 21st, 2015|Berkshire views & viewpoints, Blog|0 Comments

Buses instead of trains? An exchange between Chip Elitzer and Nat Karns

Our focus is bringing back passenger train service but at the Train Campaign we are interested in other forms of transport, too. And we welcome discussion and debate, so we’re sharing a debate about whether bus service could be a substitute for trains – or, as we believe, an essential adjunct to rail. Please join the [...]

Join us tomorrow, in North Canaan at the Rally for the Rails

At noon on Saturday, January 31st, we’ll brave the cold at the historic train depot in North Canaan, CT, to join Rep. Roberta Willis of the 64th District and the Canaan-based Restore Our Railway leaders Todd, Jayne, and Brandon. Karen Christensen, founder of the Train Campaign, will also speak. This is a great chance to [...]

By |2015-01-30T12:27:30+00:00January 30th, 2015|Berkshire views & viewpoints, Blog|1 Comment

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

Demographic news makes train service to New York crucial to Berkshire County future

This story in the Boston Globe shows that the ten fastest-shrinking towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are those in the Berkshires. The decline and greying of our rural population can be reversed, and put on a sustainable path, by improvements in connectivity that will make the Berkshires not only desirable but practical for young professionals [...]

By |2014-05-31T07:37:56+00:00May 31st, 2014|Berkshire views & viewpoints, Blog|0 Comments

Update: Graffiti Answers

Someone knowledgeable about trains wrote to ask how Illinois carriages ended up parked for years on the tracks in Housatonic, MA. We checked with Colin Pease of the Housatonic Railroad, who explained that they were surplus carriages purchased about ten years ago in the hope of refitting them for passenger service. From last week: I [...]

By |2014-05-31T07:00:02+00:00May 31st, 2014|Berkshire views & viewpoints|0 Comments

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