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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 [...]

903, 2020

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

By |March 9th, 2020|

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 2014. From the agreement: “MassDOT’s acquisition of the Railroad Assets is intended to facilitate the Commonwealth’s long-term plans to restore regional passenger train service linking the New York City metropolitan area and the Northeast Corridor megalopolis generally with the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts. The [...]

903, 2020

Transport Bill Moves To MA Senate

By |March 9th, 2020|

Major Transportation Funding Bill Passes the Massachusetts House And here's a good overview from T4MA: Transportation for Massachusetts Summary All six amendments supported by the Western Mass Rail Coalition were included in a consolidated amendment. Now we need to focus on the final language and on getting the bill passed by the senate and then signed by the governor. Ask your senators and Governor Charlie Baker to support H.4506 An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment and H.4508 An Act Relative to Transportation Finance. And ask them to support Senate Bill SB2096 and House Bill HB3110 (HD1892), An Act Funding a Study of Passenger Service on [...]

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