Related Groups

Here’s a selected listing of related groups:


Other Advocacy Groups in the Western Mass

Citizens for a Palmer Rail Stop
Citizens of Palmer, Massachusetts and surrounding towns who support the restoration of passenger rail service.

The Train Campaign
An advocacy group working to revive passenger rail service between western Massachusetts and New York City.

Western Mass Rail Coalition
An association of advocates working together to expand the use of passenger rail in Western Massachusetts.


Transportation Justice for Franklin County [Facebook]

Working on the Railroad (2007-2010)
The inactive blog site of Pioneer Valley Advocates for Commuter Rail, a now-defunct rail advocacy group.


Other Groups in Massachusetts

Commuter Rail Communities Coalition
The Coalition coordinates advocacy for all communities that are served by the MBTA Commuter Rail network.

Massachusetts Railroad Association
A trade association representing 11 freight-hauling railroads that operate across the Commonwealth along with many supporting businesses that provide goods and services to the railroad industry.

Rail to Boston
Advocates for South Coast Rail

An advocacy group dedicated to improving transit in and around Boston.

Transportation for Massachusetts
A diverse coalition of organizations working together to create safe, convenient, and affordable transportation for everyone.


Rail Advocacy Groups in New England

Commuter Action Group (Connecticut)
A grassroots organization dedicated to empowering rail commuters on Metro-North to improve service by giving them a voice before the railroad, the CT Dept of Transportation and state and federal lawmakers.

Connecticut Commuter Rail Council
An independent board that acts as an advocate for commuters on railroad lines throughout Connecticut.

Empire State Passenger Association (New York)
A volunteer network of citizens working to improve and expand Amtrak and public transit services across New York State.

Maine Rail Group
A non-profit group working to enhance rail service in Maine and New England.

NH Business for Rail Expansion (New Hampshire)

Rhode Island Association of Railroad Passengers

Shore Line East Riders Advocacy Group (Connecticut)

TrainRiders/Northeast (Maine)
A volunteer organization dedicated to bringing modern and efficient passenger rail service to Northern New England.

Vermont Rail Action Network
A group working to convert generalized public support for rail in Vermont into an active, organized, and unified constituency that helps lead Vermont into a new age of the train.


Other Rail Groups

Amtrak Vermonter and Valley Flyer group on Facebook
(A closed group on Facebook but all interested people can join)

Amtrak Vermonter group on Flickr
An image and video hosting group dedicated to the Amtrak’s Vermonter service.

Rail Passengers Association
A national organization that acts as a voice for rail passengers.

Northeast Association of Rail Shippers
A group representing shippers and professionals in the rail industry.

Rail Users’ Network
A group representing many different types of rail passengers, including long distance, commuter, and transit riders.

States for Passenger Rail Coalition
An alliance of state and regional transportation officials who work together to promote the development and growth of intercity passenger rail as part of an integrated national transportation network.

Transportation for America
Transportation for America is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions.


Railroad History and Hobby groups in the Pioneer Valley

Amherst Railway Society

Chester Massachusetts Railway Station & Museum

Pioneer Valley Live Steamers

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Nancy L. Dole Books & Ephemera
20 State Street | Shelburne Falls, Ma. | 413-625-9850
This shop has a large selection of railroad related postcards, books and ephemera, e.g., old railroad timetables.


Other Groups

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Rail Resource Center

Center for Neighborhood Technology
A nonprofit research and advocacy organization committed to improving urban economies and environments across the United States.

California’s leading transportation advocacy group.

A nonprofit organization working to spark innovations and support policies that improve public transportation for riders, businesses, and communities.



Page last updated: October 20, 2019
Page last reviewed: August 29, 2016