Transportation

Lynchburg Train Derailment

May 1, 2014
LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg

The National Transportation Safety Board has a team in place in Lynchburg, trying to determine the cause and the environmental impact of yesterday’s CSX train derailment downtown that plunged three oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River and the resulting massive fire.

 

The NTSB says the on-scene fact-finding mission could take between several days to several weeks.  Chief Investigator Jim Southworth says many organizations are involved in what he calls a well-orchestrated industrial ballet.

Cotton to Silk

Apr 17, 2014
Norfolk Southern Corporation

An oral history project and a soon-to-be released book tell the story of African American Heritage on the Roanoke-based Norfolk and Western Railroad.

The memories are those of 20 retired and current black employees of N&W, which later became Norfolk Southern.

The railroad was a microcosm of America itself—and the stories illustrate the momentum of equal opportunity.

Oral historian Sheree Scarborough has been running on tight deadlines.

All Aboard for Roanoke

Jan 9, 2014

Officials with the Department of Rail and Public transportation and Norfolk Southern have signed an agreement to extend Amtrak service from Lynchburg to Roanoke. 

Governor McDonnell says last year’s transportation funding plan was instrumental in funding the return of intercity passenger rail service to the Star City for the first time in more than 30 years.  State Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake says the agreement is a big step forward

www.charlottesville-virginia.com

It’s been more than two years since the state vowed to build a road around Charlottesville - allowing truckers and travelers headed for DC or Danville, Lynchburg or Northern Virginia to avoid local congestion.  Environmentalists have fought the plan at every turn. Now, with a new governor set to take office, opponents are hoping for a permanent road block, and for many reasons, they might get their way.

Driving While Drowsy: More Common Than You Think

Nov 8, 2013

In an effort to reduce accidents and fatalities on our roadways, this week has been designated Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, because apparently many of us have a hard time keeping our eyes open, when behind the wheel.

So how often have you taken a long drive, say for vacation or for a business trip, only to find that you’re not quite as alert as you’d hoped? Struggling to stay awake at times.

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