DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien resident Jim Cameron announced he will be stepping down from his position as chairman of the Connecticut Metro-North Commuter Rail Council.
In his 20 years with the Commuter Council, Cameron led the effort to order new rail cars, increase service on the branch lines, introduce “Quiet Cars” to rush-hour trains and rehab dilapidated rail stations under the “Fix My Station” campaign. He also worked with state lawmakers, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Metro-North to craft a “Passenger Bill of Rights.”
“While I have resigned from the Commuter Council, I’m not quitting my advocacy for improved commuter rail service,” Cameron said in a statement. “It is clear to me now that the best way to make change is to organize at a grassroots level, giving voice to the 120,000 daily riders on Metro-North at a volume that cannot be ignored.”
Cameron will continue to author his twice-monthly newspaper column and blog, Talking Transportation .
A resident of Darien for 23 years, Cameron is also a member of the town’s Representative Town Meeting and serves as Program Director of TV79, the town’s government TV station. He is also President of Cameron Communications Inc., a consultancy he founded 31 years ago.
Cameron said he would not be seeking elective office but would continue to advocate for quality rail service.
“In my continuing role as a commuter advocate, I look forward to working with everyone in Hartford and Washington to do all we can to provide a world class commuter rail service in our state,” he added.
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