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Guest Post: Letter to MassDOT from Steve Strauss, NYS Council Representative – Rail Passengers Association

This letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation during the comment period for the draft East-West Rail Study by Steve Strauss, and is published as a guest post with his permission.  Thank you for the opportunity to comment on MassDOT’s East-West Rail Study.  The document represents an informative first step with good documentation [...]

By |2020-12-06T10:35:54+00:00December 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Guest Post: The Timidity of the East-West Rail Study by Andrew Jennings

This letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation during the comment period for the draft East-West Rail Study by Andrew Jennings, and is published as a guest post with his permission. After reviewing the East-West Study Draft Report I realized how timid it was.  Recommendations were few and most decisions were punted until [...]

By |2020-12-05T14:55:12+00:00December 5th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

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

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 [...]

By |2020-06-28T22:42:34+00:00June 28th, 2020|Blog, Train Campaign|0 Comments

East-West Rail News & More Online Events

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 [...]

By |2020-06-28T22:18:24+00:00June 17th, 2020|Blog, Train Campaign|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

Day on the Hill & Support for Rail in Washington DC

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. [...]

A list of nearly 30 train movies

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 [...]

By |2020-03-15T09:59:56+00:00March 14th, 2020|Blog, Train Campaign|7 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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