talking transportation

  • 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,...
  • HAN News Update, Oct. 14

    Watch Coffee Break, HAN’s daily news update, weekday mornings at 11 a.m. at live.HAN.Network. Or watch it on-demand later. Kate Czaplinski is joined by Rob Adams with weather and high school sports. Donald Eng also takes a look back on this day in history. In the news Wednesday, a teacher’s aide...
  • Talking Transportation, July 29

    Jim Cameron presents Talking Transportation, which airs Wednesdays at 11:30 on Coffee Break. This week, Jim’s topic is “We love to hate the DMV.”...
  • Talking Transportation, July 22

    We revisit the Talking Transportation archive for summer getaways....
  • Talking Transportation, July 15

    Jim Cameron hosts Talking Transportation every Wednesday at 11:30 during Coffee Break....
  • Talking Transportation, July 1

    On this edition of Talking Transportation, Jim Cameron discusses the Merritt Parkway, which will soon celebrate its 75th birthday....