Jim Cameron’s Transportation Column 2019

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Buses Remove Traffic, Get People, Often of Modest Means, to Work — What’s Not to Like?

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16
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Why is there so much scorn for those who ride the bus? Forty-one million trips are taken on 12,000 public buses each year in Connecticut in communities across the state (not counting school buses). Yet, those riders are regarded as losers, not by the transit operators, but by those who drive by car. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Is It Worth Building a Monorail Along the Merritt? — Cameron on Transportation

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What is this fascination people have with monorails? I can’t tell you how often people suggest them as “the answer” to our state’s clogged roads and rails. “Why don’t we build a monorail down the middle of The Merritt Parkway?” asked an architect at a recent meeting. To my astonishment, such an idea was once studied. (more…) Continue Reading →

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ConnDOT’s New Commish Should’ve Been Talking to More Commuters by Now: Cameron on Transportation

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A good boss cares about his customers.  He wants to keep them happy and actively seeks out their feedback.  Such is not the case at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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One of the Few Profitable Transit Companies in the U.S. — the Bridgeport Ferry: Cameron on Transportation

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Public transportation is a money-losing proposition.  But Connecticut is home to one of the few profitable transit companies in the U.S.  It’s not CT Transit or Metro-North, both of which are heavily subsidized.  No, the operation that’s squarely in the black is the Bridgeport–Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, a.k.a. “the ferry.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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