Transportation en Cotton to Silk <p>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.</p><p>The memories are those of 20 retired and current black employees of N&amp;W, which later became Norfolk Southern.</p><p>The railroad was a microcosm of America itself—and the stories illustrate the momentum of equal opportunity.</p><p></p><p>Oral historian Sheree Scarborough has been running on tight deadlines.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:42:51 +0000 Connie Stevens 20097 at Cotton to Silk Lawmakers Consider Hybrid Tax Issue <p>The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out.&nbsp; The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.</p><p>Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:23:49 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 16147 at Lawmakers Consider Hybrid Tax Issue All Aboard for Roanoke <p>Officials with the Department of Rail and Public transportation and Norfolk Southern have signed an agreement to extend Amtrak service from Lynchburg to Roanoke.&nbsp;</p><p>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.&nbsp; State Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake says the agreement is a big step forward</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:13:31 +0000 Beverly Amsler 15734 at All Aboard for Roanoke Route 29 Bypass Continues to Encounter "Roadblocks" <p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:51:34 +0000 Sandy Hausman 15459 at Route 29 Bypass Continues to Encounter "Roadblocks" Driving While Drowsy: More Common Than You Think <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:02:08 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 13026 at Driving While Drowsy: More Common Than You Think