The state Department of Transportation, our bus companies and commuter railroads are getting ready for winter. But there are challenges ahead.
Jim Cameron | Columnist
Jim Cameron is founder of the Commuter Action Group and advocates for Connecticut rail riders. He writes a weekly column called "Talking Transportation" for CT Mirror and other publications in the state. Read past Talking Transportation columns here. Contact Jim at CommuterActionGroup@gmail.com.
Metro-North fare increases coming
With Metro-North’s parent agency facing a fiscal cliff, hikes in commuter rail fares seem likely in the near future.
CT’s next transportation commissioner differs from his predecessor. Is he a good fit?
Garrett Eucalitto, DOT’s current deputy commissioner, is a self-described “policy nerd,” not a Metro-North or highways guy.
On Amtrak’s busiest week, more riders, but not more cars
Why can’t Amtrak add more cars to its trains to carry the extra loads, earn some badly needed revenue and help people make their holiday journey?
EVs are Connecticut’s future. Will there be enough juice?
Charging up a Tesla costs about $14 and can take you maybe 300 miles. But that’s based on current electric rates. But they’re going up, way up.
The slow walk of the Walk Bridge replacement
Imagine replacing the George Washington Bridge, in-place, while handling thousands of cars and trucks each day. The railroad equivalent of that is still underway in South Norwalk, replacing what’s known as the Walk Bridge.
Full buses, half-empty trains and wider (barely) airline seats…
Full buses, half-empty trains, wider airline seats and other items of transportation interest from land, sea and air.
Fallen flag airlines
Do you remember PEOPLExpress Airlines? How about NorthEast? Or Mohawk?
What Metro-North still does wrong
Metro-North does a lot right. But there is always room for improvement.
What Metro-North does right
No, I don’t hate Metro-North. Yes, I do spend a lot of time criticizing them, but only to try to make them better.
The possibilities for Shore Line East
Shore Line East is eyeing an expansion into Rhode Island, but it has always operated at a huge loss compared to Metro-North’s New Haven Line.
Connecticut’s Carmageddon and the election campaign
What the heck is going on with our highways… and why are few state candidates talking about it?
Good public transit crucial to an aging population
By 2025, a quarter of all drivers will be over 65. Without good mass transit, how will the car-less get around?
Connecticut NIMBYs on train noise – another perspective
Recently I wrote a column about NIMBYs… the “not in my backyard” crowd. I received a very thoughtful reply which I’d like to share.
So many transportation questions, so few answers
When it comes to solving our transportation woes, we consumers always wonder why “they” can’t fix things quickly by doing what seems obvious and simple.