Cameron on Transportation 2018

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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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Air Marshal Service, Created to Prevent Trouble, Is Itself Troubled: Cameron on Transportation

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Do you feel safe when you fly? Forget about exploding jet engines, cracked aircraft windows and clear-air turbulence. What about terrorists? (more…) 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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How to Save What You Can as the Flood of Train Prices Rises Around You: Cameron on Transportation

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Whether you’re a daily commuter, an occasional day-tripper or have friends visiting from out of town, everyone can save money when you go into New York City on Metro-North by following these tips: (more…) Continue Reading →

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State Legislators Hold Ultimate Responsibility for Funding, Improving Roads and Rails: Cameron on Transportation

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I’ve been criss-crossing the state for weeks, talking to folks about our transportation crisis: The proposed fare hikes on trains and buses coupled with service cuts on the branch lines, and the state Department of Transportation’s multi-billion dollar spending cuts. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Big Brother Looking Over Your Shoulder as You Travel — Cameron on Transportation

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Don’t look now, but someone is joining your travels: Big Brother. You assume you’re alone, traveling in your car to and from work, but you are actually being watched. All along Interstate 95, there are TV cameras are looking for accidents and slowdowns. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Where an American Railroad Is Making a Profit: Cameron on Transportation

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There has not been a profitable passenger railroad in the United States. Amtrak and commuter lines like Metro-North operate at a loss as a public service, their deficits borne by tax dollars. But that changed last month with the launch of Brightline, a privately owned, for-profit passenger railroad in Florida. (more…) Continue Reading →

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