The push for Northern Tier rail expansion has found an ally in Williams College

Williams College student Elain He had no idea the college would feel so “secluded.”

“It’s like a little bubble you can’t really escape out of, except for that one bus from here to North Adams or Pittsfield,” He said. “I haven’t really been to areas other than North Adams in my time here. I want to live in Boston some day, but it’s hard to find ways to travel there.”

It’s why He decided to spend her summer, along with fellow student Christopher Rodriguez, developing a website showcasing the positive impacts of the potential Northern Tier Passenger Rail project — an 18-month study looking at the feasibility of passenger service from Boston to North Adams.