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Cramming Passengers on Planes Is Not Just Uncomfortable, It’s Also Unsafe: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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I hate to fly. It’s mostly an irrational fear of turbulence and crashing — little stuff like that. But in recent years, the whole experience of air travel has turned from uncomfortable to unbearable. (more…) Continue Reading →

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ConnDOT Commissioner on Changes to CT Rails: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Jim Redeker has the best job in transportation. And the toughest. As commissioner of the state Department of Transportation for the past six years, he has guided the agency through hundreds of millions of dollars in spending while managing three competing taskmasters: his boss, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; the budget-controlling Legislature; and commuters who depend on his product. (more…) Continue Reading →

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How to Complain Effectively About Train Commuting: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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You may start your day with a cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast. I start mine by reading complaints about Metro-North: emails, tweets and social media posts by fellow commuters who don’t know where to turn for help. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Enormous, Beautiful, Amazing George Washington Bridge: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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It’s the bridge we love to hate. Congested, expensive — charging a $15 toll — and lacking the modern design of the soon-to-be completed new Tappan Zee Bridge, the George Washington Bridge is best to be avoided. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Less Driving, More Walking — Better Downtown Economies: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Our love affair with the automobile depends on one thing: free parking. After driving on our “free” highways, we need to park somewhere, and we all hate to pay for the privilege. It’s as if there’s some constitutional right to free parking. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Where the Good News Is for New Haven Line Commuters: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Does reading this column depress you? That’s what I’ve heard from a few faithful readers. But in opining on transportation issues, my goal is to get you thinking. So this week, just to cheer us all up a bit, I’m only going to comment on good news. (Trust me, it’s taken a while to accumulate these cheerier dispatches, but here goes.) (more…) Continue Reading →

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A Train Station in East Bridgeport Would Be a $300M Waste of Money: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Parts of Bridgeport are quite beautiful, but others look like the bombed-out South Bronx, especially the lots along the Metro-North tracks. The most populous city in the state with residents paying some of the highest taxes really needs help. But is a proposed $300 million new Barnum train station in East Bridgeport the right answer, or just a political boondoggle? (more…) Continue Reading →

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Metro-North Could Learn a Lot from Amtrak: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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As I enjoyed a speedy — 148-mph— ride to Boston last week on Acela, I started thinking about the differences between Amtrak and Metro-North. They each have a different mission, but there are a few things Metro-North could learn from its national counterpart. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Testifying on a Bill in Hartford: ‘Not Any More. It’s a Waste of Time.’ — Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Don’t look now, but our Legislature is back in action considering dozens of bills affecting transportation. Everything from tolls to train fares, from airports to Uber could be up for grabs this session. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CT’s Problem with Turning Commuter Drivers into Train Riders Is Lack of Station Parking: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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If we want to get cars off the highways, we need to turn drivers into rail commuters. But even the most motivated would-be rail rider faces an immediate problem: the lack of train station parking. (more…) Continue Reading →

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