Transportation

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Business Magnate and Inventor Elon Musk is a man known for his work on transportation of the future, be it space travel or electric vehicles.  His latest quest is something called a “Hyperloop,”  a new kind of super-fast transportation that’s still in the design stage.  At a competition of prototypes this past weekend, Virginia Tech’s entry showed well.  

Some Hokies came home happy from the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition, after taking fourth place out of more than 115 student design teams. Daniel Kimminau is the project manager for Hyperloop at Virginia Tech.

For years we’ve heard talk of a high speed rail line connecting Richmond and Washington D.C. Well, a plan is in place and on track to be completed within the next decade.

The state isn’t planning on building a new rail line, but making improvements so that the existing line goes faster. Emily Stock is the manager of rail planning for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. She says travel time between the state capitol and the nation’s capitol is almost three hours, and the goal is to halve that.

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Last week the U-S House was able to pass a long term transportation bill which has businesses across the commonwealth feeling optimistic.

Congress hasn’t passed a long-term transportation bill since 2009. That’s left localities and states reeling from uncertainty as lawmakers have cobbled together dozens of short-term patches. Ask any Virginia lawmaker and they’ll tell you they’ve been getting pressured by local business to pass a long term transportation bill. Here’s Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith.

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The recent death of an American Airlines pilot on a flight from Phoenix to Boston made headlines. Medical emergencies on board commercial flights are rare, but when they occur, treatment can be a real challenge.  A University of Virginia physician who, over the years, has been called to treat three patients on board commercial aircraft thought it might be helpful to write an article on the subject, and the New England Journal of Medicine agreed.  

Blacksburg is joining the list of southwestern Virginia Towns with high speed chargers for Electric Vehicles or EVs.  Virginia Clean Cities  has already put twenty of them in places like Richmond, Hampton Rhodes, and Charlottesville.

Many of these “DC Fast Chargers” around the state are free to use. It's part of plan to help create an infrastructure for plug in cars.  Matt Wade is Deputy Director of Virginia Clean Cities. He says it’s a ‘chicken and egg’ situation they’re trying to address.

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