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Make Flying More Tolerable — and Do It Cheaper: Cameron on Transportation

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I’ll admit it. I hate to fly. It’s not just the airports, the TSA, the mobs of people and the delays. It’s the seats, the crowding and the feel of being on a cattle car. I’m not claustrophobic, just uncomfortable. Continue Reading →

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Customer Service at the Stamford Station — an ‘Ambassador’ But Not Proper Signage: Cameron on Transportation

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Anthony Scasino is an ambassador, not for a foreign country, but for Metro-North. He doesn’t have a consulate or embassy, just the Stamford train station as his headquarters. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Hardships of Pioneers — as 1929 Airline Passengers: Cameron on Transportation

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How does this sound: Fly coast-to-coast in just 48 hours for only $5,200? That was the pitch for the first commercial, transcon air service in 1929 operated by TAT, Transcontinental Air Transport, much later to become TWA. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Hell Without the Brimstone on an Amtrak Train Without Air Conditioning: Cameron on Transportation

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It was the railroad trip from hell: the hottest day of the year, stuck for five hours on a sold-out Amtrak train where only half the cars had air conditioning. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CT Dept of Transportation Plans to Install More Variable Message Signs on I-95 Starting in Fall 2020

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Office of Engineering is developing plans for the replacement and installation of variable message signs on Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 7 in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Westport. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Some of Connecticut’s Lousy Air Quality Comes from Transportation: Cameron on Transportation

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Do you know how bad Connecticut’s air quality is? According to the American Lung Association, all of our state’s counties receive a grade of “F” when it comes to the ozone. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Fairfield County’s Transportation Gem — The Merritt Parkway: Cameron on Transportation

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Former Gov. Dannel Malloy used to joke that southwest Connecticut has two highways: “One’s a parking lot and the other’s a museum.”

He was obviously referring to Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway. I agree with his first characterization, but he’s wrong about the second. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Scranton’s Steamtown Museum, for Kids and Train Enthusiasts: Cameron on Transportation

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Not all national historic sites are cited on mountains or historic battlefields. In nearby Scranton, Pennsylvania, there is a unique national park that celebrates a machine and its effect on this country’s history: Steamtown is all about steam-powered locomotives. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tolling’s Dead. Now How Will We Maintain Our Bridges, Highways, Trains? — Cameron on Transportation

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It seems pretty clear that Gov. Ned Lamont’s tolling idea is dead. The Republicans say “no way, never” and his own Democrats can’t muster the guts to take an up or down vote because they’re so afraid of public reaction. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Remembrance of Airlines Past: Cameron on Transportation

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Rail fans call them “fallen flags.”

They are railroads that no longer exist, like the original New Haven and New York Central railroads. But before I start getting all misty eyed, let’s also pay homage to airlines that have flown away into history. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Major Greenwich Redevelopment Around Train Station Includes Aspects Darien Faces

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Touching on subjects that also affect Darien’s transportation and business development, Greenwich town officials, state officials and a real estate company on Tuesday announced a $45 million project to replace the Greenwich train station and buildings around it. The proposed new train station will be a somewhat grander entrance to Greenwich, have closer access to a new downtown movie theater and other businesses, be located near a new downtown park and will be built with ride services and self-driving vehicles in mind. (more…) Continue Reading →

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ConnDOT Releases an Up-Close and Time-Lapse Video Showing Exit 9 Bridge Replacement

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Here’s a view of the bridge replacement at Exit 9 last month in a video from the Connecticut Department of Transportation that shows an up-close view of the construction project, with time-lapse video techniques and, at some points, aerial drone camerawork. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New Haven Line Normal Schedule Resumes After Cancelled, Combined Trains Due to Stamford Project

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Full, regular train service returns to the New Haven Line on Monday after constricted service, including cancelled and combined trains, as the result of a project to replace the Atlantic Street Bridge, Metro-North announced on Sunday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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