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There ARE Transportation Silver Linings in the Dark COVID-19 Catastrophe: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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In the post-COVID-19 world (whenever that may be) commuters will be asking themselves one question:  Is this trip really necessary? (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Years, If Ever’ For Metro-North to Get Back to Pre-COVID Levels, Says Metro-North Chief: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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The road ahead for commuters may be less crowded, or maybe more. One theory has it that, as people gradually return to work, they will shun mass transit out of safety concerns and commute, instead, by car. That could create problems on our roads if people try to drive five days a week. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Did the Governor Cut Back Rail Improvements to Get Back at a Rival? — Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Our “aw shucks, golly” Governor seems to have a mean streak. While he probably deserves all the credit he’s getting for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, what he did recently at the Bond Commission seems uncharacteristically mean and vindictive. (more…) Continue Reading →

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I Can’t Imagine the Cruise Ship Industry Disappearing. At Least, I Hope Not: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Have you ever taken a cruise? According to that industry, something like 28 million people worldwide took to the high seas last year. But that still leave 80% of Americans who have never cruised, enjoying the midnight buffets, spas and casinos at sea. (more…) Continue Reading →

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How Train Conductors, Bus Drivers Cope with COVID-19 Threat: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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“In my 30 years in the transit business I never thought I’d be asking people NOT to take the bus,” says Doug Holcomb, CEO of Greater Bridgeport Transit, the operator of 57 buses carrying 5 million passengers a year. But not this year. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Telecommuting Won’t Replace Train Commuting, the ‘Economic Backbone of Our State’ — McGee: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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When it comes to transportation, Joe McGee is often the smartest guy in the room. If I want a vision of our state’s mobility future, he’s the first man I turn to. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Give Thanks for Those Helping Us Through These Tough Times: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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My usual beat is writing about transportation. And some of you, faithful readers, often tell me I’m too negative and cynical. That might be true. So how’s this for a change? We all know these are stressful times. Continue Reading →

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What a Conductor’s Seen in Four Decades on Trains: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Did you ever wonder what it would be like to work for the railroad? That’s what Paul Holland did for 39 years, first with Amtrak, later with Conrail and finally as a conductor on Metro-North. His self-published “My Life As A Rear End” pays tribute to his time in cabooses, but it’s his commuter rail stories that kept me laughing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Do You Commute to Norwalk? Check Out Transit District’s Ride-Share Program

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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You can’t beat the convenience of on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft, but wouldn’t it be great if a similar ride-sharing service was available locally and for free? (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Biggest Problem With Tolls in CT Is That There’s No Support for Them: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Maybe the NoTollsCT folks (and the recent Hearst editorial) are right: The current toll proposal should be scrapped. Mind you, I’m still pro-tolls and have been for years, but the governor’s latest plan is so insipid and compromised as to be a waste of time. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A New System to Warn Planes of Air Turbulence, Preventing Injuries: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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“Buckle up, folks. There’s some bumpy air ahead,” the pilot said on a recent flight. No need to remind me; my seat belt is always fastened, as “bumpy air” — a euphemism for air turbulence — is my worst fear in flying. It’s the whole “fear of death” thing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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What Can We Do About Train Horns on the New Canaan Branch? — Cameron on Transportation

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Trains make noise, especially when they blow their horns entering stations and at grade crossings. But for folks who live near the railroad branch lines, which have dozens of such crossings, the noise is too much. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CT’s Longest Rail Branch Line Has Only 1,000 Riders a Day — and Abysmal Service: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Remember Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian always complaining that he “gets no respect”? That’s how Waterbury line commuters (and local officials) feel. Their little branch line gets no respect. (more…) Continue Reading →

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