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Berkshire Line

A history of the Berkshire Line

Here is Chapter 4 Berkshire Line: New Haven's Route to the Hills, pages 45-53, from the book New Haven Passenger Trains by Peter E. Lynch, published by Quarto Publishing Group USA, 2005. Here's a bit from the introduction: The Berkshire Line originated as the combination of the Housatonic Railroad, which opened between  Bridgeport and Canaan, Connecticut, [...]

By |2015-07-03T06:24:47+00:00July 3rd, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Massachusetts purchases rail lines

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Transportation has signed the final documents for its purchase of rail track stretching from Pittsfield to the CT border in Canaan. The Commonwealth made the purchase from Housatonic Railroad Company Inc. and Maybrook Railroad Co. "for the purposes of accommodating a public demand for passenger rail service, and other [...]

By |2015-01-30T12:15:58+00:00January 30th, 2015|Blog|3 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

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