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2806, 2020

The Future By Rail & Recordings Of Last Week’s Zoom Presentations

By |June 28th, 2020|

It’s Time For America To Get Serious About Fixing The Trains This article by Amy Crawford explains that "Instead of spending billions to bail out airlines, advocates argue for a more carbon-friendly pandemic investment: railroad travel." Rail is the mode that “best supports 21st-century development in bustling urban centers, walkable downtowns even in much smaller cities and towns and the agglomeration economies of cities and megaregions that are driving the vast majority of current economic growth,” according to a white paper laying out Moulton’s plan. In other words, trains are not only better for the environment than other modes of transportation, [...]

1706, 2020

East-West Rail News & More Online Events

By |June 17th, 2020|

Here's our interns' report on the East-West Rail Study meeting last week. They are also participating in our weekly "Office Hour," an informal meeting that anyone can join. Today, at 2pm, we'll be talking about the economic benefits of rail. The Zoom link is below, along with a list of other events, including a program in partnership with Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a virtual town hall this past week regarding the potential of an East-West Rail. Attendees and board members were given several proposed cases ranging from partial train service supplemented by buses to the implementation [...]

806, 2020

East-West Rail, House Legislation, Interns, & More

By |June 8th, 2020|

It’s been a painful week in America and for America. Our hearts go out to those who are suffering, and our thanks to all those who are stepping up to make a difference. Our country now has to deal with the challenge of economic recovery, face up to long-standing issues of racial discrimination and social inequity, and cope with the continuing risk posed by COVID-19 - and climate change! You might think that working to promote passenger train service is a distraction, but the work we do is actually more important and more relevant than ever. Passenger rail network expansion [...]

3105, 2020

Massachusetts Law Makers Take the Lead on Infrastructure

By |May 31st, 2020|

Karen Christensen, founder and president of the Train Campaign, writes:  I cannot send this email without saying something about my grief over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the racism that continues to haunt and damage our country. W. E. B. Du Bois grew up in Great Barrington, the small town where I live and campaign today, He wrote 1903 that "the problem of the 20th century is the color line." How tragic that this divide remains so deep today. You can read former president Barack Obama's statement here. He writes that it falls on all of us "to create a 'new normal' in [...]

404, 2020

Day on the Hill & Support for Rail in Washington DC

By |April 4th, 2020|

A year ago, we did a survey asking what the Train Campaign's priorities should be in 2019. The highest rated item was, "Outreach to federal legislators & campaign for infrastructure funding." We were at that point hoping for a federal infrastructure bill. Our hopes were dashed in May 2019 when talks in Washington broke down. But things have changed this year, dramatically, because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Phase 3 recovery legislation met or exceeded the national Rail Passengers Association's COVID19 request. Trains and public transit are getting substantial funding allocations because legislators see that these projects will get people [...]

1403, 2020

A list of nearly 30 train movies

By |March 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Like many of you, we expect to be spending much of the next few weeks at home, and I thought you might like to see our list of train movies. Here's our latest list (please use the Comments section below to add more suggestions or let us know on Twitter @traincampaign): Some Like It Hot Night Train to Munich The Railway Children The Titfield Thunderbolt Emperor of the North The Polar Express The Great Train Robbery A Hard Day’s Night Brief Encounter Doctor Zhivago The Darjeeling Limited Silver Streak The 20th Century From Russia with Love The Iron Horse The General [...]

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