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Metro-North Timetable Showing It’s Age: You’d Be Slower Too If You Dated Back to the Woodrow Wilson Presidency

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Metro-North rail commuters received a recent spring surprise: a new timetable with slower running times. Rush-hour trains now leave earlier and arrive later, adding anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes to published running times, depending on the length of the trip. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Colorful Comments from Curmudgeonly Commuters : Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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As I hope you can tell, I love writing this column. As New York Times columnist Tom Friedman once said, a commentator should be in the heating business and the lighting business — getting people fired up while providing factual support for his arguments. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Finding Parking for Your Train Commute — Now There’s an App for That: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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How can you get people to commute by train if they can’t get to the train station? Those two-wheeled, buff millennials would have us believe we should all bike our way from home to the train. But not all of us are that athletic or inclined to take our lives in our hands wheeling through traffic and bad weather. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CT’s Great at Producing Transportation Master Plans, But Lawmakers Won’t Fund Them: Cameron on Transportation

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When are we finally going to do something about our transportation crisis? That question has been asked for decades, but never answered, or more importantly, acted upon. (more…) Continue Reading →

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My Lead Foot, My Hybrid Car — and Your Gas Saving: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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I like to go fast. Really fast. Nothing makes me happier than hurtling along to Boston on Acela at 145 mph, even if those sprints are brief, or catching the jet-stream on a flight and hitting 600 mph. And nothing frustrates me more, like you, than being in slow-moving, bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 95, that highway’s normative state. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Elon Musk’s Idea of ‘Hyperloop’ Trains a Bit Too Loopy: Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Is Elon Musk a brilliant innovator, or is he just smoking dope? Well, we know the answer to the second question as a viral video has shown him puffing (legal) weed on a talk show. The man is under a lot of stress, right? (more…) Continue Reading →

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Wi-Fi on Trains Should Wait — Coming 5G Will Make Current Wi-Fi Obsolete: Cameron on Transportation

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Will Haskell is 22 years old, and he’s about two months into his first full-time paying job as a state senator representing the 26th District that covers most of interior Fairfield County. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tolling and Trolling — Ned, Sell Your Case or Succumb to GOP ‘Zombies’ — Cameron on Transportation

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Was anyone really surprised when Ned Lamont did a flip-flop on tolls? Not me. If you’ll remember when he first announced his candidacy for governor, he said he’d sign a toll bill his first day in office. Then he saw the polling data and backtracked, saying he’d only toll trucks. (more…) Continue Reading →

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

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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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

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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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

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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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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