Here’s just a small selection of the many comments we receive. They show just why this project is so important. Speak up and be heard!
Holly Hardman, Williamstown MA, United States
My livelihood depends on access to New York and Boston. We need affordable and efficient transportation to revitalize our struggling Berkshire economy.
Dan O. Williams, North Adams MA, United States
Holy moly. Trains = simplicity, convenience, and directness when it comes to cities.
Regina Burgio, Pittsfield MA, United States
It would be wonderful to travel to and from Boston and NYC in an easier and faster way than we are now able to do.
Mary Campbell Case, Great Barrington MA, United States
I would ride!! And it brings jobs, diversity and economic engine to the Berkshires.
Judy Jacobs, Falls Village CT, United States
We need to have more public transportation in this area & passenger service will boost the local economy tremendously. Passenger service will make it easier for commuters, visitors, and reduce the amount of cars on the road. I am all for more freight service as well.
Our roads are not built to handle the amount of big trucks that are using them all the time. We need more trains!
Dawn Lane, Stockbridge MA, United States
When you travel abroad, you can’t help but notice the extensive train service. We used to have that here! I have a 92 year old friend who remembers (with great fondness) walking from her Great Barrington home to the train station to go to NYC for the day.
I know many Berkshire County residents who would support bringing this back. The potential for NYC residents to do the same will serve local businesses and perhaps create new businesses too, which means more jobs. It’s a win/win for everyone!
I travel between NYC and Richmond s almost every weekend. This would change my life!!!!
Lisa Alberti, New York NY, United States
Susan Obel, South Egremont MA, United States
It will help people get to the Berkshires who can’t or don’t want to drive the distance. It will help all our industries thrive with a larger population of visitors. It will be an asset to those living full-time in the Berkshires to travel without using their cars. Public transportation is a better and more responsible way to travel.
Larry Gandal, N. Bethesda MD, United States
I think the economic health of the Berkshires is important to the state. The area brings in people from other states and countries to the area for extended periods of time to the benefit of both the visitors and the state. The cultural offerings in the Berkshires are a plus to the entire East Coast and beyond!
Scott Goffin, Great Barrington MA, United States
Restoring train service would be a positive step for the Berkshire economy and the environment.
Megan Case, Falun, Sweden
I went to college in the Berkshires and I love going back to visit. I have never personally owned a car, for environmental reasons, and it would be great for me and for the beautiful Berkshire environment if I didn’t have to rent a car every time I want to visit.
Annie Alquist, Housatonic MA, United States
Wow, to be connected to NY via the train would increase the already wonderful quality of life out here in so many ways!
Clayton Hambrick, Lenox MA, United States
It would make such an incredible difference in our travel possibilities. So needed for so long, a total no brainer!
Judy Hellman, Toronto, Canada
Everything about this initiative makes sense, above all to get people out of their cars and into public transport. It will be a huge boon to tourism in the Berkshires and can even stimulate more day trips for those who cannot get space in the inevitably limited hotels, motels and B & Bs during the summer season.
Benjamin Kilborne, West Stockbridge MA, United States
In this country we desperately need good rail service, and a line to NYC would be a godsend. Also, it would bring New Yorkers dedicated to making a better life for their children, which would help schools and communities. As for preserving the rural character, that is of little use if there are not functional neighborhoods, good schools, and a sense of dedication to the community.
I commuted between Williamstown to Albany for 20 years and couldn’t take it anymore. A train would have been a godsend, and I would probably still be working there if there was one.
Audrey Thier, Williamstown MA, United States
We have many hundreds more comments like these from ordinary people who can see the benefits of this project. Help us to drive it forward to reality.
A big thank-you to the companies that sponsor the Train Campaign