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Amtrak Vermonter train 55 | By Elijah Lemay | Greenfield, Ma. | December 12, 2022
(further information about this image can be found in the footnote below)


Our annual appeal for donations

How to donate

Further information

A footnote

Our annual appeal for donations

Trains In The Valley’s mission is to advocate for improved and expanded passenger rail service in our region.

Our focus is Passenger Rail, Freight Rail, Infrastructure, Safety, and Transparency.

Now though it’s the time of the year when we must ask for YOUR HELP so that we can continue to do what we do.

Please help by becoming a Friend of Trains In The Valley with your donation.

Your donation helps to sustain our on-going efforts, which are having a real impact in our region.

Like what, you might ask?

The Valley Flyer has been designated by MassDOT as a “permanent service.”

East-West Rail is finally moving forward.

The Vermonter is back in service and carrying more passengers than ever.

Trains In The Valley, along with a large group of local, state and federal elected officials (and their staffs), regional planners, citizen advocates, members of the public, and others helped to make this happen.

Your contribution today will help us to

  • Continue to maintain and enhance our website. This includes the on-going cost of hosting the website as well as the software we use to manage and edit the content that we publish.
  • Produce printed materials to promote the use of passenger rail in our region — as example, the Valley Flyer / Vermonter timetable that we prepared and distribute in the region.
  • Expand the Facebook advertising that we use to raise the awareness of the passenger rail services in our region, and the work of Trains In The Valley.
  • Support the modest but regular costs associated with our continued efforts to improve and expand passenger rail service in the Pioneer Valley.

How to Donate

The easiest way to make a donation is to click on one of the links below to make a donation by credit card or PayPal.

The amounts listed are suggested one-time donations levels

To donate a different amount please select one of these options

If you wish to make a donation by check please download and print the form linked below and send the form to us in the mail along with your check.

Printable Donation Form (PDF)

Important Note

Trains In The Valley is not currently a tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Therefore, when you make a donation directly to Trains In The Valley using the links above (or by check) your donation can not be claimed as a deductible on your tax return.

But, if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation we ask that you make your check payable to the Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Inc. (PVRVC), a local tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) organization.

The PVRVC has agreed to act as an interim fiscal sponsor¹ for our organization. This means that donations made to the PVRVC, to benefit the work of Trains In The Valley, will be used exclusively to support the work of our organization.

To make a tax-deductible donation please print the form below and mail it along with your check made out to Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Inc.

Printable Tax-deductible Donation Form (PDF)

¹Fiscal sponsorship is an agreement through which an organization without tax-exempt status — but which could qualify for it — partners with an existing tax-exempt organization in order to receive donations and grants.

Further information

Further information about Trains In The Valley, including our financial reports, can be found on these pages:

About us

Transparency & Accountability

A footnote

The image on this page was created by Elijah Lemay, a local photographer in Greenfield. The image on this page is being used with the photographer’s permission.

The train shown — the southbound Vermonter (train 55) — is seen here stopped at the station platform in Greenfield at about 1:36 pm (its scheduled departure time) on the day after the first plowable snow of the season.

The three tracks shown in this image are, from left to right — the Pan Am Southern-owned Freight Main Line (which runs west to North Adams, and New York State, and east to Fitchburg), the MassDOT-owned Connecticut River Main Line (which runs north to East Northfield, Ma. and south to Springfield), and a Controlled Siding (adjacent to the platform).

The Olver Transit Center, opened in 2012, can be seen directly behind the snow covered roof of the station platform. To the right of the train is a solar array that provides much of the electricity for the transit center.

Page last updated: December 20, 2022
Page last reviewed: December 12, 2021