Transportation

Transportation
3:13 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

One Motorcyclist Hopes Drivers Increase Awareness

Flickr user Craig Howell
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"Measure twice, cut once." The old adage holds especially true for the many motorists who will hit the road this summer. One veteran motorcyclist is asking millions of drivers to measure their surroundings to AVOID cutting off, hitting, or injuring “two-wheelers.”

After he was approached by Allstate to participate in a motorcycle awareness campaign, veteran motorcyclist Nate Hudson embarked on a 111-day trek across all 50 states. And the first thing he wants to relay is the onus isn't just on drivers to keep riders safe.

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N&W's Class J 611 Back in Action
5:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Excursions Planned for Steam Passenger Locomotive

Tickets are now on sale for Norfolk & Western Class J 611 excursion this spring and summer.

There are several day trips around the state, and you can find the schedule here.

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Preventable Accidents
5:03 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Fatalities and Thousands of Injuries from Distracted Driving

It hasn’t made many headlines, but this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month—and Virginia has announced that more than 24,000 crashes statewide last year were attributed to distracted drivers. 

Those distractions caused both fatalities and thousands of injuries.  State officials stress that such accidents can be prevented.

The first thing state Highway Safety Office Director John Saunders does at work each day is read the traffic fatality report from the previous day. Saunders warns that behind the numbers are real people with families.

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Kei Car Market
4:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Touting the Tiny Car

Honda Beat

With gasoline prices well below three dollars a gallon, large, gas-guzzling vehicles are again selling well.  Last year’s top three were full-sized pick-up trucks that get less than 20 miles to the gallon in city driving.  Jim Phelan doesn’t care. 

The Charlottesville man has fallen in love with something that gets 55 miles to the gallon, and he hopes to sell others on a car most people have never heard of.

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Virginia Tech Research
8:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Hydrogen Economy A Step Closer

Percival Zhang
Credit Virginia Tech

The quest to transition to a hydrogen economy, where cars run on nearly emission- free fuel, faces many roadblocks. But a discovery by a team at Virginia Tech may help pave the way for cleaner burning vehicles.

Typically, hydrogen fuel for cars is made from natural gas.  But Virginia Tech researchers have come up with a new way to make hydrogen from bio-mass, readily available plant leftovers such as corn husks or saw dust, with no need for fossil fuel in the process.

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