JIM CAMERON has lived in Darien for over 25 years. He serves on the Darien RTM and is Program Director of Darien TV79.
He served 19 years on the CT Metro-North Rail Commuter Council, four as its Chairman. In 2014 he founded a new advocacy group, The Commuter Action Group which speaks on behalf of Metro-North riders.
His newspaper column "Talking Transportation" runs in 25+ weekly newspapers as well as The Greenwich Free Press. Archives can be found at http://talkingtransportation.blogspot.com/
By Jim Cameron
Airplanes have Wi-Fi. Even Connecticut’s CTfastrak commuter bus system from New Britain to Hartford gives its passengers free Wi-Fi. Commuter railroads across the US offer Wi-Fi, including Boston’s MBTA. Wi-Fi is everywhere… but not on Metro-North. So the Connecticut legislature has just budgeted $23 million to install 5G technology on the railroad’s M8 cars. Continue Reading →
“As legislators congratulate themselves for cleaning up our state’s air (by 2040) they encourage further driving, worsening our air pollution, while discouraging use of mass transit.” – Jim Cameron Continue Reading →
“Conductors on Metro-North do not enforce the mask rules, leaving that task to the MTA Police. And as CTExaminer.com found in a FOIA complaint last year: in the year after the mask rules went into effect, not a single citation had been issued in Connecticut by MTA police for non-compliance. Not one.” – Jim Cameron Continue Reading →
“Recent polls show 73% of Garden-staters actually prefer being served by attendants. Some of them have never pumped their own gas in a lifetime of driving.” Continue Reading →
Filed under: News
By Jim Cameron
How’d you like to save thousands of dollars in commuting costs by car? And at the same time cut the number of vehicles on our highways? The answer: ride sharing. With the sudden surge in gasoline prices there’s renewed interest in car / van pooling, as the folks at CTrides can attest. They’re the state agency tasked with selling the idea of “green rides”, though I think it’s the green in your wallet that most captures commuters’ attention these days, not just saving the environment. Continue Reading →
The Ukrainian railroads have increased passenger loads by 500%, and sent trains on detours to avoid shelling, so far with no injuries. Their logistical flexibility has been amazing. Continue Reading →
“As Metro-North returns to charging peak fares at rush hour this week, it’s time to get honest about the unsustainable nature of commuter rail in Connecticut.” – Jim Cameron Continue Reading →
Among the famous Pullman porters were future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, activist Malcolm X and photographer Gordon Parks. Continue Reading →
Darien’s train station saw 200 feet of the NY-bound platform closed for safety reasons this week when inspections found the decades-old concrete structure was crumbling. Continue Reading →
For an inside look at the unglamorous life of a trucker, Jim Cameron recommends the recent national best-seller “Long Haul” by Greenwich native Finn Murphy who has been driving since he was 18 for the Joyce Moving Company. Continue Reading →