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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 |2020-05-01T17:01:32+00:00February 22nd, 2020|Ideas from elsewhere, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Housatonic Line: Let’s make this happen!

With the favorable reporting on  Senate Bill SB2096 and House Bill HB3110 (HD1892), "A special act funding a study of passenger service on the Housatonic rail line," by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation, we need to ensure that they move ahead through the legislative process. Help us ensure that the full Berkshire delegation is [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:02:17+00:00February 19th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments

The Campaign for East-West Trains

From a Trains in the Valley report about the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meeting on February 6th of the East-West Rail Study Advisory Committee: “To the surprise of many in the room the numbers presented (ridership projections and estimated costs) were wildly different than what the previous study (from 2016) had projected. / As [...]

By |2020-04-30T21:18:18+00:00February 11th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments

Housatonic Bills Move Forward

We are very pleased to report that Senate Bill SB2096 and House Bill HB3110 (HD1892) have has been "reported out" favorably by the state's Joint Committee on Transportation. These bills were filed by the Train Campaign with the help of State Senator Adam Hinds and State Rep Smitty Pignatelli. They now move on to the next [...]

By |2020-04-30T21:06:49+00:00February 10th, 2020|Train Campaign|0 Comments

Massachusetts Day of Action

Transportation is high on the agenda in Massachusetts this legislative session, so this is prime time to make sure YOUR priorities are represented in Boston! Join T4MA and many advocates from around the state to support urgently needed transportation legislation. This Call to Action event is an opportunity to ensure your voice is heard by [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:08:07+00:00February 5th, 2020|East-West Line, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Springfield-Boston rail service? Lawmaker’s message is that it’s long overdue

Getting east-west rail service on track. When Governor Charlie Baker visits Springfield on Friday, US Representative Richard Neal will join him to celebrate the last piece of the long-awaited Union Station renovation: a new elevator to the train platform. But Neal doesn’t want to stop there. The Springfield Democrat plans to give Baker an earful about another pet [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:08:53+00:00January 24th, 2020|East-West Line, Train Campaign|0 Comments

Connecticut News

In CT, transportation is one of the big issues in 2020. These suggested comments come from Transport Hartford: CT2030 Plan – Overall, the state needs to include more bus transit (10% of the total) and active transportation (walking and biking infrastructure, 2% of the total).  This would be achievable by getting rid of any interstate or [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:10:43+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Blog, Take Action|0 Comments

National Comment Deadline: January 31st

Click HERE to submit your comment about what federal transportation priorities should be. Here are some details about this call for comment from the US Department of Transportation. Its title is Request for Information: Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success. This notice requests comments on unmet transportation infrastructure needs in rural transportation, barriers that rural [...]

YE Review And Plans For 2020

Here are some highlights from 2019: Train Time and Train Minutes We started our very own podcast called Train Time! The podcast is one of many efforts to spread the word about expanding regional rail in rural New England. Listen to our premiere episode with Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser talking about the East-West Rail project. Click here or find us on iTunes or [...]

By |2020-05-01T16:46:47+00:00January 1st, 2020|Blog, Train Campaign|0 Comments

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