passenger rail http://wamc.org en EPA/Amtrak Train Emissions Public Meeting Tonight http://wamc.org/post/epaamtrak-train-emissions-public-meeting-tonight <p>Tonight, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck will host a public meeting to discuss Amtrak train emissions at the Rensselaer Rail Yard. The gathering is in response to residents' concerns about diesel smoke at the yard's Amtrak maintenance facility.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:27:37 +0000 Dave Lucas 95079 at http://wamc.org EPA/Amtrak Train Emissions Public Meeting Tonight MassDOT Buys Housatonic Rail Line To Establish Passenger Service To NYC http://wamc.org/post/massdot-buys-housatonic-rail-line-establish-passenger-service-nyc <p></p><p></p><p>The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has purchased 37 miles of railroad line from Pittsfield to the Connecticut border. The state is calling it a major step toward establishing passenger rail service from western Massachusetts to New York City. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:24:29 +0000 Jim Levulis 95032 at http://wamc.org MassDOT Buys Housatonic Rail Line To Establish Passenger Service To NYC Officials Seek Study Of Expanding Saratoga & North Creek Railway http://wamc.org/post/officials-seek-study-expanding-saratoga-north-creek-railway <p>Economic Development officials in Warren County are requesting funding to conduct a feasibility study to expand regional short-line rail service. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:31:58 +0000 Lucas Willard 93066 at http://wamc.org Officials Seek Study Of Expanding Saratoga & North Creek Railway Bronx Derailment Highlights Need for Safety in Proposed Berkshire Rail http://wamc.org/post/bronx-derailment-highlights-need-safety-proposed-berkshire-rail <p>Investigators are looking into the cause of a New York City train derailment that killed four people and injured at least 60.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:54:26 +0000 Jim Levulis 78954 at http://wamc.org Bronx Derailment Highlights Need for Safety in Proposed Berkshire Rail Federal Transportation Officials to Hold Safety Hearing http://wamc.org/post/federal-transportation-officials-hold-safety-hearing <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal transportation officials have scheduled a two-day hearing as part of their investigation into two Metro-North Railroad accidents in Connecticut this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/" target="_blank">The National Transportation Safety Board</a> announced on Tuesday that government agencies, unions and others will speak at the hearings set for October 22 and 23.</p><p>Two commuter trains crashed on May 17, sending 60 people to the hospital. Five were critically injured.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:55:56 +0000 Jim Levulis 74271 at http://wamc.org Federal Transportation Officials to Hold Safety Hearing Mass. Governor Rides Into Pittsfield In Support Of Passenger Rail Expansion http://wamc.org/post/mass-governor-rides-pittsfield-support-passenger-rail-expansion <p></p><p>On Monday, Governor Patrick, Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, and others boarded a train on the Housatonic Railroad and rode from the Connecticut border to Pittsfield.</p><p> The symbolic trip came after the governor had sought more than $1 billion in new revenues for transportation in his initial fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, a plan that contained dedicated funding for several priority projects, including $113 million for the rail expansion in Berkshire County.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 70276 at http://wamc.org Mass. Governor Rides Into Pittsfield In Support Of Passenger Rail Expansion Advocacy Group Launches New Effort To Support Passenger Rail Expansion In Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/advocacy-group-launches-new-effort-support-passenger-rail-expansion-berkshires <p>A group advocating for passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City is launching a new volunteer effort to bring its message to a wider audience.</p><p></p><p>Karen Christensen, a Great Barrington resident and founder and CEO of the Berkshire Publishing Group, said she first became interested in advocating to bring passenger rail service from New York to the Berkshires after returning from a trip to China in August of 2011. After communicating with her neighbors, colleagues, and other business owners, by late 2012, she had founded the Berkshire Train Campaign.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 69858 at http://wamc.org Advocacy Group Launches New Effort To Support Passenger Rail Expansion In Berkshires Montgomery County Train Wreck Impacts Passenger & Freight Rail Service http://wamc.org/post/montgomery-county-train-wreck-impacts-passenger-freight-rail-service <p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:47:01 +0000 Dave Lucas 68106 at http://wamc.org Montgomery County Train Wreck Impacts Passenger & Freight Rail Service Lawmakers push Amtrak for bike baggage cars http://wamc.org/post/lawmakers-push-amtrak-bike-baggage-cars <p>New York’s senior United States Senator is trying to use his clout to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicyclists on trains to Albany, Saratoga Springs and the North Country. &nbsp;<br><br>Anyone who takes Amtrak from Boston to Portland knows about the railroad's "Bring Your Bicycle On Board" program. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says it makes good economic sense to roll the initiative out on Amtrak's Adirondack and Ethan Allen Trains as well.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:33:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 67220 at http://wamc.org Lawmakers push Amtrak for bike baggage cars Conn. MTA Train Crash Highlights Need For Rail Investment in Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/conn-mta-train-crash-highlights-need-rail-investment-berkshires <p></p><p>The MTA train collision near Fairfield that injured 72 last Friday is still under investigation.</p><p>Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the 5<sup>th</sup> District, said that investigators are still attempting to determine if the derailment was caused by track in disrepair or another factor. Esty, who said that a Congressional hearing will be held on railway safety later today, also said that funding to maintain one of the busiest railway corridors in the Northeast has been “an issue.”</p><p> Esty spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner…</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:34:02 +0000 Lucas Willard 65194 at http://wamc.org Conn. MTA Train Crash Highlights Need For Rail Investment in Berkshires