10 episodes

Train Time focuses on 21st-century passenger rail in conversation with legislators, business leaders, and rail experts. Train Time is hosted by Karen Christensen, founder of the Train Campaign.

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    • Society & Culture

Train Time focuses on 21st-century passenger rail in conversation with legislators, business leaders, and rail experts. Train Time is hosted by Karen Christensen, founder of the Train Campaign.

    Crossing the Borders, Connecting Communities

    Crossing the Borders, Connecting Communities

    This episode of Train Time takes us to the borders region of Scotland, an area with storied history and dramatic scenery. Simon Walton tells the story of how, over the course of two decades, the Campaign for Borders Rail has made a case for the reconstruction of 35 miles of a passenger rail line that [...]

    • 31 min
    Berkshire’s Center City: an interview with Ricardo Morales

    Berkshire’s Center City: an interview with Ricardo Morales

    One of Pittsfield young leaders explains how the city is getting ready for rail In this episode of Train Time, we spoke to Ricardo Morales, the Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities for the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Like many US cities, Pittsfield has faced challenges in recent decades, especially after the departure of GE [...]

    • 23 min
    Moving into the 21st Century: an interview with Luke Bronin

    Moving into the 21st Century: an interview with Luke Bronin

    In this episode of Train Time, we spoke to Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford, Connecticut, who has become a leader in regional efforts to promote passenger rail for economic development, social and environmental justice, and climate stewardship. Bronin is also the co-chair of the bold proposal that was first called Rebooting New England and is [...]

    • 26 min
    Meredith Richards plays a rail long game in Virginia

    Meredith Richards plays a rail long game in Virginia

    Advocate explains that corridor collaboration is the key to regional rail In this episode of Train Time, we spoke to Meredith Richards, president of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rail Passengers Association. She explains how she helped build a statewide coalition to connect, and reconnect, [...]

    • 28 min
    Rural Rail as a Game Changer

    Rural Rail as a Game Changer

    Inspired by constituents, a new state senator leads with rail In this episode of Train Time, we spoke to State Senator Jo Comerford, who represents a large rural district in the northwest of  Massachusetts. Comerford is a relatively new legislator, having taken office in 2019. As a legislator in Boston, she started talking about rural [...]

    • 25 min
    A Big Vision for Big Sky Country

    A Big Vision for Big Sky Country

    Our first Train Time podcast outside the Northeast takes us to Big Sky country. We spoke to David Strohmaier, chair of the Missoula Board of County Commissioners, about efforts to restore passenger rail service restored through the southern tier of Montana. He is also chair of the newly formed Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority, which [...]

    • 27 min

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