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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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Instead of Working on the Transportation Mess, CT Politicians Demagogue About It: Cameron on Transportation

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I used to believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and politicians.  I actually thought the first two brought me gifts and the latter cared about me and my community.   Well, those days are gone. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Hot Weather Can Stifle Airplane Takeoffs: Cameron on Transportation

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Is it hot enough for ya? Even if you don’t believe it’s caused by humans, there is no doubt our planet is heating up. And as global warming increases, so will our travel problems. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Beware the ‘Automotive-Construction Complex’: Cameron on Transportation

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How did Americans develop their love affair with driving? Visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington and the transportation exhibit “America on the Move” will sell you on the commonly held theory that when Henry Ford made cars affordable, Americans loved them and demanded more and more highways. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Hello Everyone. My Name is Jim Cameron, and I Am a … Rail Fan.’ — Cameron on Transportation

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True confession (as if you didn’t know): I am a rail fan. But don’t call me a “foamer!” People who love trains come in all shapes and sizes, but “foamer” is a term they universally hate. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CT’s Lousy Job of Selling Itself to Potential Tourists at Darien North Rest Stop: Cameron on Transportation

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First impressions count. Arrive at any airport or train station, and you immediately start forming opinions of your destination. Is it clean and modern, warm and welcoming? How does the place make me feel? Are the locals proud of themselves? Continue Reading →

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Other Than DC-to-Boston, Long-Distance Train Travel’s Days Are Numbered: Cameron on Transportation

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We are all familiar with Amtrak’s local operations in the Northeast: The sleek Acela zooming along to Boston at up to 145 mph and the slower, traditional trains making local stops along the Connecticut coast. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Forestalling Tolls and Tax Increases Won’t Keep Bridges from Rotting: Cameron on Transportation

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The recent debate over tolling our highways should remind us of just how divided the state has become. It’s not red vs. blue and not even just upstate vs. downstate. The real divide is between those who commute by car vs. Continue Reading →

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The Rise and Demise of New York City’s First Subway: Cameron on Transportation

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A secret project, defying the government, helped build America’s first subway. It only ran for three years but carried hundreds of thousands of passengers, even though it only spanned 312 feet. And it was powered by air. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Strategies for Getting the Right Airline Seat, or Any Seat on Metro-North: Cameron on Transportation

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It was the British folks at the Cunard cruise line who said: “Getting there is half the fun.”

Crossing the Atlantic in style on an ocean liner certainly was great, but whatever your mode of transportation, getting the right seat can make for an enjoyable or miserable trip. (more…) Continue Reading →

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