Berkshire Flyer pilot rail service funded for 2020; passenger rail on Housatonic line remains a question mark

Skeptics of the Berkshire Flyer weekend-only, tourist-oriented concept support instead a daily passenger rail service from New York’s Grand Central Terminal via Connecticut and up through the Housatonic Valley to the Berkshires that would include four stations in Berkshire County: Sheffield; Great Barrington; Lee; and the terminus at the Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield.

Atty. Gen. Maura Healey warns pipeline giant Kinder Morgan to respect state Constitution

“The purchase of this spectacular property [Otis State Forest] ensures its lasting protection and is an example of our prudent investment in the Commonwealth’s rare and irreplaceable natural resources.”

— Gov. Deval Patrick, in 2007

“We’ve been FERC’ed!”

— Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, upon learning that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had approved a Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through the protected lands of Otis State Forest in March of 2016