Northampton, Massachusetts-based advocacy group launches ‘Trains in the Valley,’ a one-stop website for local rail information

April 13, 2016

By Laura Newberry,

NORTHAMPTON — A local advocacy group is hoping its new website will get more people interested in the Pioneer Valley’s passenger and freight train services, as well as the shortage of those rail lines.Website Insert New Passenger Train Service copy

The site, “Trains in the Valley,” launched Tuesday and is the brainchild of Zane Lumelsky of Northampton and Ben Heckscher of Hatfield. It brings together all things rail in Western Massachusetts, including passenger train schedules, reports and studies on area rail initiatives and the unique waiting room, parking and bathroom situations at each train station.

“The information on rail here is very scattered right now, and often times it’s hidden away and not very accessible,” Lumelsky said. “The site is helpful to people who are using the rail, and helpful to people who will want to advocate for more rail.”

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