It’s been more than 30 years since there has been passenger train service to Roanoke, but plans are underway to bring it back.
A new transit station is in the early planning stages. But a lot has changed since the hey day of passenger rail service in the Star City and a new station will have to bring many forms of transit together. A team from Virginia Tech will present design concepts for a new multi modal transit station to city and transit officials.
When the Virginia General Assembly approved new transportation funding this year, it also allocated 2-and-a-half billion dollars more than VDOT's previous six-year transportation improvement plan. That is allowing the agency to focus aggressively on some badly needed construction projects statewide to relieve congestion, make repairs, and build new lanes. But it will also mean some headaches for motorists traveling on some of the busiest stretches of Virginia.
Virginia has recently joined other states that want to reduce distracted driving accidents by passing a ban on texting while behind the wheel. But some drivers still don't get it and perform the act daily.
Just how safety advocates can help change that was the focus of the first annual Distracted Driving Summit in Richmond.
With heavy rainfall like we have had this year we have seen flooding throughout the area that has inundated cars. Many of these end up as salvage and are auctioned off to automobile recycling centers where not all are dismantled and sold as parts but resold to go back on the road. Flooded cars could be a good value for a wise car buyer.
George Aznavorian runs East Coast Auto Source in Bedford County and he looks for “Flood Cars".