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Amtrak Has Been Failing Spectacularly in Operating CT Trains: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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I’m usually a huge Amtrak fan. But not today. Sure, I love to zip along to Boston at 145 mph on Acela, enjoy a land cruise through the western scenery on “The Southwest Chief” or even poke along for 27 hours from Chicago to New York on “The Cardinal.” If you’re a rail fan, what choice do you have but to take Amtrak? (more…) Continue Reading →

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In Connecticut: Lower Rail Subsidy, Higher Fares Than Elsewhere

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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How much should it cost to ride mass transit? Are our fares too high? Would lower fares increase ridership? If so, why not make the trains free? (more…) Continue Reading →

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For Transportation Issues, How CT’s Candidates for Governor Stack up: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Have you been following the race for governor? I have, and I’m deeply disappointed. Almost none of them is talking about transportation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Arrive in the Canadian Maritimes in a High-Speed Ferry from Maine: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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There is perhaps no more beautiful part of the East Coast than the Canadian Maritimes: the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The History Behind the SoNo Switch Tower Museum: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Do you ever wonder how trains move on a busy line like the New Haven division of Metro-North? How do they switch from track to track, make their scheduled stops and try to stay on schedule? (more…) Continue Reading →

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One Country Has Almost 2/3 of High Speed Rail Lines, Has 4X the U.S. Transport Budget: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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What country has the largest interstate highway system in the world? Hint: It’s not the United States. What country has the most miles of high-speed rail? Hint: It’s not France or Japan. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On Metro-North (and Other Commuter Lines) ‘On Time’ can mean Six Minutes Late: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Last spring, Japanese railroad officials apologized for a huge mistake:  one of their trains left a station 25 seconds early!  This was the second time such an egregious error had been made and I imagine that the offenders were severely disciplined. (more…) Continue Reading →

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10 Years After Panel’s Report on ConnDOT — Improvements, Missed Opportunities: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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In the “land of steady habits,” we don’t fix problems — we study them, over and over again. (more…) Continue Reading →

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Hacks for Grand Central: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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There is possibly no more beautiful railroad station in the world than New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. As the destination of more than 55,000 daily rail commuters from Connecticut, it’s a place where many of us spend a fair amount of time. (more…) Continue Reading →

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End the Summer With a Daytrip to the Danbury Railway Museum

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Looking for a summer day trip to find some fun that will teach your kids about transportation? Just hop a Metro-North train (or drive, if you must) to the Danbury Railway Museum. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Restricting Trucks on I-95 or Raising Their Tolls Further Won’t Help Traffic: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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“Why don’t we just ban all trucks from our interstate highways in rush hour?”

A mayor of a small Fairfield County town recently asked me this question. He’s a smart guy who obviously had given a lot of thought to resolving our traffic woes and believed he had the answer to the transportation crisis. (more…) Continue Reading →

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