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Could Commuter Ferry Service Work from Here to NYC? Nope: Cameron on Transportation

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Why can’t we run commuter ferries on Long Island Sound? I can’t tell you how often I’ve been asked that question. But as with so many “simple solutions” to our transportation woes, there are logical reasons why ferry boats won’t work. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘I Knew My Trip Was Doomed When …’ — Adventures in Air Travel: Cameron on Transportation

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What idiot said “getting there is half the fun?”

That’s what went through my mind when I did a “day trip” to Los Angeles: two door-to-door 10-hour trips just for a three-hour face-to-face meeting with my most important consulting client. (more…) Continue Reading →

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More Coastal Flooding Expected for Train Tracks — But No Plans in Place: Cameron on Transportation

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What follows is a public apology. Not to you, dear reader, but to future generations. “To my grandchildren: I’m sorry we left you with this mess. We should have done more, when we still had time.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Beware the Benevolent Despot: Like Robert Moses, the Flawed Master Builder of New York

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Every baseball fan knows Babe Ruth and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Every part of American history has its heroes and villains. Yet, it’s frightening how much we forget about the past mistakes we made in planning for transportation — lessons we should have learned from. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Predictions on Getting Around in Connecticut for 2019: Cameron on Transportation

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Each year, I share my predictions for the coming months — and grade myself on last year’s crystal-ball gazing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In Three Months, This Commuter’s Train Was On Time Just Once: Cameron on Transportation

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How bad has service been on Metro-North? Ask Chris Golier, a Fairfield family man in his 40s who rides the train daily from Southport to Grand Central. “Commuting is a soul-sucking exercise,” he says. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Cameron on Transportation: CT Commuters to Get Screwed by New LIRR Station Below Grand Central

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We all know what happened when Boston decided to bury its downtown elevated interstate highway, known as the Central Artery. What was intended to be a seven-year, $2.6 billion project ended up taking a decade and costing $14.6 billion. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Arguably the Most Famous Train in American History: Cameron on Transportation

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The 20th Century Limited was arguably the most famous train in American history, running between Grand Central Terminal and Chicago, offering the finest in accommodations and services for 65 years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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

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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

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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

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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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