More cars, including bar cars, on tap for Metro-North

A passenger boards a train at the Noroton Heights Metro-North Rail station Tuesday morning, April 14 — Aaron G. Marsh photo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday announced the return of bar cars to Metro-North’s New Haven line, but the real change could be the addition of more regular cars to trains on the nation’s busiest railroad. Malloy announced that Connecticut will soon purchase an additional 60 M-8 rail cars, each carrying 105 seats, adding the new cars will accommodate more than … read more

State’s DOT proposes fare hike on Metro-North New Haven line

A passenger boards a train at the Noroton Heights Metro-North Rail station Tuesday morning, April 14 — Aaron G. Marsh photo

Last Friday, a plan to increase Connecticut rail and bus fares was announced by the state’s Department of Transportation and Gov. Dan Malloy.  The rate increases are part of the plan plan to implement the new fiscal year’s budget that began July 1, which will include both expenditure reductions across the Department’s budget and increased rail and bus fares that will collectively … read more

Talking Transportation: America’s mass transit mecca

What’s the most mass-transit intensive city in the U.S.? By the numbers, New York City. But for a glimpse of the real future of mass-transit, the winner is clearly Portland, Ore.! Portland has only 632,000 residents, but 2.3 million in its metro area. Yet it has, per capita, what I think is the largest, most extensive and best integrated systems … read more

Talking Transportation — America’s amazing interstate highways

The 47,000 miles of highways that comprise America’s interstate highway system are nothing short of an engineering marvel, surpassed only by what China has built in the last few years. We take them for granted, but when they were designed almost 60 years ago these super-highways presented both great opportunity and vast challenges. The U.S. wasn’t the first with super-highways. … read more