Jim Cameron’s Transportation Column 2019

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With CT Tolls No Longer on the Table, Only Worse Funding Options Remain: Cameron on Transportation

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Connecticut’s Senate Democrats are gutless weasels. There, I said it. They have put a stake through the heart of Gov. Ned Lamont’s CT2030 transportation plan, not because they didn’t understand its reasoned approach and necessity, but because they cannot support its funding through tolls. They are more interested in their re-elections than their constituents’ future. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Darien Woman, 23, Takes a 2,192-Mile Trip — on Two Feet: Cameron on Transportation

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Diana Jackson just walked 2,192 miles. The 23-year-old Darien resident is among 3,300 people each year who try to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. But she’s one of the 25 percent of them who complete the task. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Gov Lamont’s Transportation Plan Hits CT’s Same Old Roadblocks to Reform: Cameron on Transportation

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As we review the details of Gov. Ned Lamont’s CT 2030 transportation plan, I have a strange sense of déjà vu. Haven’t we been through all this before? (more…) Continue Reading →

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Historic Dreams of Big Trains: Supertrain, Superliners, Taggert Comet, Breitspurbahn — Cameron on Transportation

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What do Ayn Rand, Hollywood and Adolph Hitler have in common? They all dreamed of building super-trains. Maybe it was because their visions for giant, high-speed trains came before the era of cheap flights moving large numbers of people over great distances, but each of them had a grandiose vision of fast, luxurious rail travel. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Ferries on Long Island Sound Just Don’t Work for Commuting : Cameron on Transportation

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Just when I thought Gov. Ned Lamont was getting it together to launch a thoughtful, considered “take two” on his transportation vision, bam — along comes another nonsensical idea. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Jim Cameron Loves Reading Timetables. This Column Is More Interesting Than Doing That. — Cameron on Transportation

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I love reading timetables. Not the new ones on smartphone apps, but the old printed ones. Reading about a train or plane’s journey on paper is almost like taking the ride itself. (more…) Continue Reading →

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You Can Catch a Ride on a Helicopter: Technology First Flown in Connecticut: Cameron on Transportation

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Have you ever flown in a helicopter? They seem such a glamorous (if expensive) way to travel, bypassing the traffic en route to the airport or sightseeing over rugged terrain. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A New Acela This Way Comes — on Amtrak’s Outdated Northeast Tracks: Cameron on Transportation

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I’m a big fan of high-speed trains, which means I often ride Amtrak’s Acela to Boston or Washington. It’s the best train in North America, though it pales in comparison to true HSR (high-speed rail) in Europe or Asia. (more…) Continue Reading →

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U-Pass Program Provides Big Traveling Discount to Public College Students in CT: Cameron on Transportation

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Imagine having an unlimited-rides pass on all public transit in Connecticut, including Metro-North. Then imagine this pass only costs $20 a year. Such is the reality of U-Pass, the transit pass given to almost 15,000 community college and state university students in Connecticut. Not only does U-Pass give them affordable access to mass transit, in some cases the pass is a life changer. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Let’s See Some Statesmanship on CT Transportation Policy and Financing: Cameron on Transportation

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How’s your commute going?  Traffic getting worse?  Trains still running late?  As we all get back to work after the summer, commuters’ frustration level is rising as it seems nothing is being done to fix transportation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Make Flying More Tolerable — and Do It Cheaper: Cameron on Transportation

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I’ll admit it. I hate to fly. It’s not just the airports, the TSA, the mobs of people and the delays. It’s the seats, the crowding and the feel of being on a cattle car. I’m not claustrophobic, just uncomfortable. Continue Reading →

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Customer Service at the Stamford Station — an ‘Ambassador’ But Not Proper Signage: Cameron on Transportation

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Anthony Scasino is an ambassador, not for a foreign country, but for Metro-North. He doesn’t have a consulate or embassy, just the Stamford train station as his headquarters. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Hardships of Pioneers — as 1929 Airline Passengers: Cameron on Transportation

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How does this sound: Fly coast-to-coast in just 48 hours for only $5,200? That was the pitch for the first commercial, transcon air service in 1929 operated by TAT, Transcontinental Air Transport, much later to become TWA. (more…) Continue Reading →

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