Transportation

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5:46 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Rail Safety: Rising Risks

Lynchburg, April 30, 2014
Credit LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg, via Associated Press

It’s been nearly two months since a train derailed in Lynchburg, sending a fireball into the sky above that city’s downtown and spilling oil into the James River. 

Experts said the accident could have been far worse, and many communities along the state’s 3200 miles of railroad face similar dangers. 

The city of Lynchburg grew and prospered for decades because freight moved easily here – first by river and then by rail.  Trains were a routine part of city life, but on April 30 that routine was shattered.

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A Search for Answers
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Train Derailment Prevention a Hot Topic in Richmond This Week

Credit wset.com

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring. 

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Preventing Disaster
5:14 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Meeting on Rail Safety

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. 

That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials.  One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring.

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UVA Research
8:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Big Data & Bike Safety

Alec Gosse
Credit Fariss Samarrai

Urban planners in Virginia are trying to make bicycling safer, but they’re hampered by a lack of statistics about who’s riding where.

Alec Gosse rides his bike to work at a Charlottesville company that analyzes data, and this year he was working on a PhD in environmental engineering. Those interests led him to try and solve a problem daunting city planners.

“There was no data for how many bikes were using various roads in the city.  It just didn’t exist.”

Without that information, they didn’t know where to make road improvements for cyclists.

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Transportation Funding
8:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

VA Taxpayers May Have to Take On State Transportation Costs

Credit www.vahousegop.com

A state advocacy organization says last year's transportation compromise reached between Virginia lawmakers is already falling apart—and if it isn't addressed soon, the state, and especially lower- to middle-income families will be negatively impacted. While the Commonwealth Institute offers no one "magic bullet" to resolve this challenge, its President, Michael Cassidy, says there are some options that lawmakers need to put back on the table. 

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