Transportation

Smart Phone App
4:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Blacksburg Transit: There's an App for That

Credit Blacksburg Transit

Blacksburg Transit is joining a handful of locales in Virginia that have an App for youR smart phone that let’s you plan your bus trip.  Officials say it will save money, energy, and riders’ patience. 

For mass transit riders, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching the bus pull away while you decide weather to break into a sprint to catch it. Tim Witten is the Intelligent Transportation Systems Manager for Blacksburg Transit.

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Transportation Funding
8:31 am
Mon May 12, 2014

VDOT Establishes Transportation Priorities

Every year V-DOT brings before the public a six year improvement program that includes new projects along with those that have been on the shelf for years, or even decades. But, this year's prioritizing may come undone. 

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Tolls and Transponders
7:55 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Transportation Woes Could Mean More Highway Tolls

Credit www.wamu.org

By the end of this summer, the U.S. Trust Fund that pays a significant share of highway construction and repairs will be insolvent, and authorization for transportation programs will expire soon after that.  New legislation unveiled by the U.S. Transportation Department includes a provision to lift a decades-old ban ...and allow all states to implement tolls on federal interstate highways across the U.S. –while also requiring electronic transponders.  But, the new federal tolling proposal is already coming under fire.  

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Long Range Planning
4:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Six Appointed to Transportation Board

Major changes are unfolding in how transportation planning takes place in Virginia. Either one-third of the 18-member Commonwealth Transportation Board have had their terms expire or were "transitioned off," according to Governor McAuliffe.  

The Governor says the six new members he’s appointing will greatly contribute to easing congestion on the roads, promoting economic development, and supporting local communities

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NTSB Investigation Begins
5:19 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lynchburg Train Derailment

Credit LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg

The National Transportation Safety Board has a team in place in Lynchburg, trying to determine the cause and the environmental impact of yesterday’s CSX train derailment downtown that plunged three oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River and the resulting massive fire.

 

The NTSB says the on-scene fact-finding mission could take between several days to several weeks.  Chief Investigator Jim Southworth says many organizations are involved in what he calls a well-orchestrated industrial ballet.

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