Transportation

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11:55 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Search & Rescue Continues in Augusta County

Credit Garrett Beck, Deerfield Va. This photo was taken at Marble Valley Farms.

Law enforcement officers and volunteers searched through the night for the pilot of a Massachusetts National Guard aircraft that went down Wednesday in a mountainous section of Augusta County.  

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Federal Rulings on Crude Oil Rail Shipments

Credit LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg, via Associated Press

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are applauding action by the U-S Department of Transportation aimed at improving the safety of crude oil rail shipments.

The action follows the derailment of 17 cars in downtown Lynchburg a few months ago.

The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulations are available for review and the public has 60 days to offer comment on them.

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Part 5 of 5
10:02 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Rail Safety: Emergency Workers Still in the Dark

Credit Natural Resources Defense Council

In just over a year, North America has seen a dozen serious accidents involving trains that derailed while carrying flammable crude oil.  One of those accidents, in Lynchburg, caused a massive fire and oil spill.  In most cases, fire departments didn’t know what they were dealing with, since railroads have kept that information secret, but the federal government is now requiring them to inform states when trains of 35 cars or more, carrying  oil from North Dakota or Montana, are coming through. 

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Part 4 of 5
12:41 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Rail Safety: Tracks & Inspections

Credit City of Lynchburg

Within hours of a rail crash in Lynchburg on April 30, inspectors for the state and federal governments and CSX were on the scene – trying to figure out why 17 cars derailed and one ruptured – producing flames, smoke and a significant oil spill. 

Getting official answers could take 18 months, but there are clues that suggest a cause for the accident and a future course of action to improve rail safety. 

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Environmental Impact Study
3:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny

A plan for a controversial highway, known as the Coalfields Expressway, will undergo a full environmental impact study by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

V-DOT has described the plan the road as an economic lifeline for a region with a depressed economy. But citizen groups see it as benefiting only coal mining companies and not local communities.

 

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