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‘Off the Rails’ — Jim Cameron on CT’s Transportation Future: Online Darien Library Talk at 7 PM, Tuesday

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What is the future for transportation in Connecticut post-COVID? Will ridership ever return to Metro-North? How will we pay for our highways with dwindling gasoline tax revenues? What will all of this mean to local property values and taxes? Transportation Guru Jim Cameron will address these questions and more in a virtual talk, “Off The Rails: The Future of Transportation in CT” for the Darien Library on Tuesday Sept 8 at 7 p.m.

Cameron is the author of the weekly newspaper commentary “Getting There” and has served as a commuter advocate for over 25 years.

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Electric Buses Coming to CTtransit in This Area, State Announces, But Not Many

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has been awarded a $6.7 million federal grant to modernize the CTtransit bus facility in Stamford. The modernizing project will provide accommodations for battery electric buses, which will soon be used on the system, which covers Stamford, Darien and some other towns. The state is buying a dozen electric buses for CTtransit in the Stamford and New Haven areas. The grant comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Program. “Connecticut’s public transit system is long overdue for a modernization, and this grant will help in our transition to an electric bus fleet on the CTtransit system, which will provide both environmental and economic benefits to the region,” Gov. Ned Lamont said.

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‘I’m Desperate for a Reason To Be Bullish on Mass Transit … I Don’t See Any’: Cameron on Transportation

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When coronavirus hit us this spring, more than just our normal rail commuting patterns were disrupted. One young entrepreneur’s business simply imploded, but now he’s coming back, stronger than before. Joe Colangelo is founder and CEO of Boxcar, the New Jersey-based company that bills itself as the “Airbnb of parking,” matching commuters with empty parking spots near train stations in Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Stratford. Before COVID-19, his business was red hot. But by early March he knew it was doomed as people stopped commuting and demand for parking evaporated.

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Metro-North Increases Train Service as More Passengers Return: Here’s What’s Changed

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Effective Monday, June 15, Metro-North Railroad has increased train service on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. The increase in service is due to a steady growth in ridership in response to the Phase 1 reopening in New York state. — an announcement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The new schedule will provide a 115% increase in peak service from the May 27 schedule, with several trains added in the morning and afternoon peak periods. We will continue to provide hourly service during off-peak periods, on middays, evenings, late nights, weekends and holidays. SEE ALSO: ‘I’m Desperate for a Reason To Be Bullish on Mass Transit … I Don’t See Any’: Cameron on Transportation (June 15)

During this special schedule, off-peak fares will continue to be in effect.

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Is Regular Commuting Into Manhattan Dead? The Governor Thinks So: Cameron on Transportation

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Post-coronavirus, Gov. Ned Lamont predicts the end of daily commuting as we know it. Lamont told Bloomberg that his New York business buddies tell him they’re saving so much money by having people work from their homes they may cut office space in the city by 30 percent. “The old idea of the commuter going into New York City five days a week may be an idea that’s behind us,” Lamont said. “Maybe you have a great job that seems to be geographically located in New York City, you can do it two-thirds of the time from your home in Stamford.”
Or maybe you don’t need to ever go into the city. Twitter has told its tech workers they can work from home forever, assuming they can stand it. That means more time with the family and a lot less time and money spent on the train.

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Metro-North Increases Train Service by 26%

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Effective Wednesday, May 27, Metro-North is increasing service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines as the Mid-Hudson region is expected to begin Phase 1 of reopening. — an announcement from Metro-North (with non-New-Haven-Line information removed)

The expanded service represents an overall increase of 26% in peak train availability since our essential service went into effect on April 13. Metro-North will also have 14 protect trains strategically positioned at major facilities to operate additional service as may be necessary. You can access the amended schedule online at New.MTA.Info. For train times, and real-time arrival and departure times on your phone, download TrainTime.

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About UPS, Now More Important During the Pandemic: Cameron on Transportation

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You know those big brown trucks that are keeping us well-delivered during this time of COVID-19? Well, there’s some interesting history and tech to United Parcel Service, or UPS. Founded as the American Messenger Company in Seattle in 1907, the company made most of its deliveries back then to stores, not customers, and made them on foot or by bicycle. Adding a Model T to their fleet in 1913, the company started serving neighborhoods. By 1930 the company expanded to most cities in the East and Midwest, adding delivery by airline cargo partnerships to their modes of transportation.