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 |2022-07-18T16:15:50-04:00July 18th, 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 |2022-06-07T19:33:08-04:00June 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 |2022-06-06T22:09:01-04:00June 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 |2022-06-06T21:49:54-04:00June 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 |2021-12-16T12:48:08-05:00December 16th, 2021|Notes|0 Comments

How to get passenger trains on the Housatonic Line – CT Mirror

This article appeared in the CT Mirror on September 6, 2021. The author's explanation of the need for interstate cooperation is directly relevant to the MassDOT proposal for a Western Mass Rail Authority, which you can read more about here. How to get passenger trains on the Housatonic Line by ANDREW JENNINGS Passenger trains to Northwest [...]

North Atlantic Rail

From Bloomberg CityLab: Is This High-Speed Train the First Megaproject of the Biden Era? The president promised to go big on infrastructure. The $105 billion plan between Boston and New York City definitely fits the bill. Conceived more than a decade ago and launched as a private initiative in 2017, the North Atlantic Rail project looks a lot [...]

By |2021-08-08T23:44:44-04:00August 8th, 2021|News|0 Comments

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