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Look! Up in the Air!! And on the Train!!! Another Disruptive Passenger!!!! — Cameron on Transportation

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We’ve seen a number of reports lately about “disruptive passengers” forcing a plane to divert after exhibiting some sort of frightening behavior. Imagine being along for the ride when something like this happens: (more…) Continue Reading →

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How My Transportation Predictions for 2017 Worked Out: Cameron on Transportation

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This is the time of year when some commentators kick back and do end-of-the-year wrap up stories, as if you haven’t been paying attention for the past 12 months. Bah, humbug. I don’t review the past… I predict the future! So let’s review my prognostications as published one year ago and see how good my crystal ball really was. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CT’s Prospects Get Ever Darker for Transport Funding, Even for Maintenance and Plowing: Cameron on Transportation

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Fare increases, reduced train service, less highway snowing plowing, postponed construction. All of these and more are on the horizon, say Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut DOT because our Special Transportation Fund is running dry. I hate to say I told you so, but … (more…) Continue Reading →

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By 2020 You’ll Need a ‘Verified’ Drivers License If You Want It for ID Before a Flight: Cameron on Transportation

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Something like 1.73 million Americans board airplanes every day. Each of them must go through a very necessary screening by the Transportation Security Agency. But beginning in late January, a lot of passengers will be denied boarding because they don’t have the right kind of identification. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Think Gridlock on the Roads Is Awful? Wait’ll You Consider Political Gridlock: Cameron on Transportation

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Five words I never thought I’d write: “I feel sorry for Dannel Malloy.”

Sure, we’ve had our differences. And yeah, the governor does have the personality of a porcupine and the disposition of a bully, sometimes. But the man is not evil and he doesn’t deserve what’s happening to him now. Nor do we. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Who’s Watching You in Your Car? The Authorities: Cameron on Transportation

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“Here in my car, I feel safest of all

I can lock all my doors. It’s the only way to live, in cars.”

— “Cars”, Gary Numan  1979

You may feel that your car is your last private refuge in this busy world.  But there’s someone along for the ride:  Big Brother.  And you’d be surprised what he knows about you, thanks to modern technology. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Bygone New Canaan Club Car on the Railroad: R.I.P., 1976: Cameron on Transportation

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We all dream about traveling first class. Big comfy seats, real food and free drinks. This is the only way to fly. But did you know there used to be a handful of private, first-class “club cars” on the New Haven Railroad’s commuter trains? Among the most legendary was Car 5113 that ran from New Canaan from 1908 to 1976. Continue Reading →

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How Connecticut Repaves Its Roads: Cameron on Transportation

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Tired of driving on potholed roads? Who isn’t? We may not (yet) have tolls, but the terrible condition of our highways takes its toll on our vehicles with bent rims, alignments and other repairs. (more…) Continue Reading →

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One of the Slipperiest Substances Known to Man or Computers on the Train Tracks: Cameron on Transportation

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What is more beautiful than fall in New England? The autumn leaves make even the most mundane daily commute seem idyllic — unless you’re taking the train. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Big Transportation Improvements? CT Needs To Play Budget Catchup First: Cameron on Transportation

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“Why don’t they build a monorail down the middle of I-95?”

So began the latest in a series of well-intentioned emails I regularly receive from readers, anxious to offer what seem like smart solutions to our transportation crisis in Connecticut. (more…) Continue Reading →

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To Vermont by Train: Slow, But Relaxing and Weatherproof: Cameron on Transportation

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Like many, I love Vermont. But I’m not crazy about getting there. It’s about 300 miles from my home to Burlington, Vt. By car, that’s at least five hours and about $50 in gas each way. Flying may seem quicker, but with the airport drive it’s not much better and about $160. Continue Reading →

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Long Haul Trucking’s Bedbuggers, Chowder, Suicide Jockeys, Robots and More: Cameron on Transportation

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Why do most motorists hate truck drivers? Is it because their big rigs are so intimidating? Or do we think they’re all red-neck cowboys, living the life on the range and we’re secretly jealous? (more…) Continue Reading →

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