Transportation

Developing
11:55 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Search & Rescue Continues in Augusta County

Credit Garrett Beck, Deerfield Va. This photo was taken at Marble Valley Farms.

Law enforcement officers and volunteers searched through the night for the pilot of a Massachusetts National Guard aircraft that went down Wednesday in a mountainous section of Augusta County.  

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Federal Rulings on Crude Oil Rail Shipments

Credit LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg, via Associated Press

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are applauding action by the U-S Department of Transportation aimed at improving the safety of crude oil rail shipments.

The action follows the derailment of 17 cars in downtown Lynchburg a few months ago.

The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulations are available for review and the public has 60 days to offer comment on them.

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Part 4 of 5
12:41 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Rail Safety: Tracks & Inspections

Credit City of Lynchburg

Within hours of a rail crash in Lynchburg on April 30, inspectors for the state and federal governments and CSX were on the scene – trying to figure out why 17 cars derailed and one ruptured – producing flames, smoke and a significant oil spill. 

Getting official answers could take 18 months, but there are clues that suggest a cause for the accident and a future course of action to improve rail safety. 

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Environmental Impact Study
3:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny

A plan for a controversial highway, known as the Coalfields Expressway, will undergo a full environmental impact study by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

V-DOT has described the plan the road as an economic lifeline for a region with a depressed economy. But citizen groups see it as benefiting only coal mining companies and not local communities.

 

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New Law July 1st
4:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Cycling Safety Legislation

As more commuters turn to bicycles as an alternative method of transportation, lawmakers say everyone must rethink how we take to the roads.

That approach is now reflected in a new law that takes effect on July 1st.  The law will require motorists to allow three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists.

 

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