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Boston Globe: “East-West rail must be part of state’s future”

February 21, 2020 If you want to kill a good idea, there’s a tried and true formula: Low-ball the benefits and inflate the costs. And so when state transportation officials put out the latest set of numbers on six alternatives for commuter rail service between Boston and Springfield — or possibly as far as Pittsfield [...]

By |2020-02-22T16:58:29+00:00February 22nd, 2020|Ideas from elsewhere, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Why the US has no high speed rail – transcript of CNBC video

Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail, May 2019, 16 minutes. Full transcript below, made by the Train Campaign. [Start of video] China has the fastest and largest high-speed rail network in the world. The country has more than 19,000 miles of high-speed rail, the vast majority of which was built in the last [...]

By |2020-01-05T20:19:16+00:00January 5th, 2020|Blog, Ideas from elsewhere, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Rail is a catalyst for better development

California's plans for high-speed rail is one important aspect of passenger rail revitalization in the United States. Here's architect and planner Peter Calthorpe on why "High-Speed Rail Is a Catalyst for Better Development."  "Just as the ’56 highway bill helped spawn the modern suburb, high-speed rail would energize a new generation of community building — one [...]

By |2015-07-02T16:55:57+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

Maine seeks bids to operate rail line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland

Here's another of the passenger rail projects being considered, and campaigned for, in the United States. Interest in small-scale passenger rail projects is evolving in Europe, too, where small rail lines closed in the 1960s are being revived. A vision for global rail systems has to include smaller projects as well as major city connectors, [...]

By |2015-07-02T10:10:55+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Blog, Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

Bio-toilets on Indian trains

Clean and convenient restrooms are important features of modern train service and are top on the list for the new Berkshire Line. While we may complain about the condition of restrooms on Metro-North trains, here's an article from India about a situation we don't face here in the United States. NEW DELHI: Rail tracks in [...]

By |2015-07-02T08:03:31+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

Exploring “Rails with Trails”

The HouBike Committee based in Cornwall, CT , is promoting stations/trails connections for the Housatonic Corridor passenger train line. Rails with trails is a way of attracting tourists and bringing tourism dollars to a region without adding cars. Read more at Rails with Trails or contact Patrick H. Hare, Consultant to the HouBike Committee,, [...]

By |2015-02-20T18:16:49+00:00February 20th, 2015|Blog, Ideas from elsewhere|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 [...]

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

Wall Street Journal on passenger rail expansion

Thanks to Josef Flaschner for alerting us to this article @WSJ about real estate opportunities connected with the expansion of passenger rail We'll be exploring - and explaining - the rural and small-town opportunities created by passenger service from New York to Pittsfield. "Transit agencies in the U.S. looking to expand rail lines are [...]

By |2014-08-01T11:11:01+00:00August 1st, 2014|Ideas from elsewhere|0 Comments

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