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.

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+00:00December 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+00:00August 8th, 2021|News|0 Comments

From 1991: “The Housatonic, the Little Railroad That Could, and Did”

The Housatonic, the Little Railroad That Could, and Did - New York Times By Randall Beach Feb. 10, 1991 A version of this article appears in print on Feb. 10, 1991, Section 12CN, Page 1 of the National edition with the headline: The Housatonic, the Little Railroad That Could, and Did. NINE years ago, John Hanlon Jr. heard about an overgrown, [...]

By |2021-05-31T17:08:38+00:00May 31st, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Summary Information for An Act Funding a Study of Passenger Service on the Housatonic Rail Line

The Housatonic Line—also known as the Berkshire Line—was the route to the Berkshires from 1842 until 1971, when service stopped along with similar closures across the United States. It operates today as a freight line run by Housatonic Railroad Company. Download the March-2020 Housatonic Line handout. The Massachusetts portion of the track was purchased in [...]

By |2020-03-09T21:17:57+00:00March 9th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

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