Jim Cameron

Jim Cameron

  • Traffic on the Merritt Parkway moves slowly through Norwalk — in both directions — on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. — Joshua Fisher photo

    Cameron predicts your Connecticut transportation future

    Everybody writes “year in review” stories. But rather than dwell on the past, I’ve got the guts to predict the future! Here’s what will happen in 2016 in the transportation world. Metro-North: Slowly but surely, the railroad will drag itself out of the quagmire it’s been in since the...
  • The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is a popular visit during the Christmas season in New York City.

    Save money on your holiday trip to New York City

    With the holidays upon us, let’s review some money-saving tips for riding Metro-North Railroad from Connecticut (or Westchester County) into New York City for commuters and day-trippers alike: TransitChek: See if your employer subscribes to this great service, which allows workers to buy up to $130 per month in...
  • The Stamford Transportation Center, which serves Metro-North Railroad, Amtrak and Shoreline East trains, was built in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, in the 1980s. — Joshua Fisher photo

    The crumbling Stamford train station parking garage

      The nearly decade-long struggle to replace the crumbling Stamford railroad station parking garage has taken another bizarre turn: The Connecticut Department of Transportation now wants to spend $1.5 million and take six months to repair the garage before they tear it down. How did we get into this...
  • One of the great things about taking the train to Vermont is the view out the windows.

    Don’t make traffic part of your trip to Vermont

    Like many, I love Vermont. But I’m not crazy about getting there. From my home to Burlington, Vt., is about 300 miles. By car, that’s at least five hours and about $50 in gas each way. Flying may seem quicker, but with the airport drive it’s not much better...
  • The Thompsonville, Connecticut, railroad station in a 1909 postcard.

    New Haven Line’s woeful history repeats itself

    Train crashes, passenger deaths, grade-crossing accidents, derailments. These are not just the recent history of Metro-North, but events dating back decades. A friend of mine loves reading the microfilms of our town’s weekly newspaper and has been feeding me clippings of all the stories about the New Haven line....
  • As E-ZPass has grown, there are fewer cash-only lanes.

    The secrets of E-ZPass

    As a college student in the early 1970’s I had a summer job as a toll collector on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Boring job but great pay. But it was clear, even then, that toll collection would become automated, at first with special lanes with those baskets you’d throw...
  • The early days of the Merritt Parkway, at the Greenwich, Connecticut, entrance to highway.

    The history of Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway

    Cruising along on the Merritt Parkway awhile back I was struck by its natural beauty, unique bridges and amazing landscaping. But until I did some research, I didn’t appreciate its history. A hundred years ago the only way to drive between New York and Boston was on Route 1,...