Transportation

Part 4 of 5
3:53 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Dangerous Cargo Rides the Rails: 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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Part 5 of 5
3:52 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Dangerous Cargo: Emergency Workers Still in the Dark

Credit Natural Resources Defense Council

In just over a year, North America has seen a dozen serious accidents involving trains that derailed while carrying flammable crude oil.  One of those accidents, in Lynchburg, caused a massive fire and oil spill.  In most cases, fire departments didn’t know what they were dealing with, since railroads have kept that information secret, but the federal government is now requiring them to inform states when trains of 35 cars or more, carrying  oil from North Dakota or Montana, are coming through. 

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App-Based Service Rules
8:46 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Cab Drivers Rally for More Ride Sharing Regulations

Flickr user Emanuele
Credit Creative Commons

In Richmond, hundreds of taxicab drivers from across the commonwealth are at the Capitol to rally for new regulations for app- based, ride hailing companies. 

Earlier this week, lawmakers struck a deal with Uber and Lyft to create new regulations for the ride-hailing companies.

"Under the old rules, basically the taxicab rules, the ability to operate Uber and Lyft was going to expire soon."

That's Republican Delegate Tim Hugo of Centreville.

"So they needed some sort of authority granting them the ability to operate in Virginia."

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Downtown Roanoke Office Building to Close
1:24 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Norfolk Southern Jobs Move to Norfolk or Atlanta

Downtown Roanoke
Credit Norfolk Southern Corporation

Norfolk Southern is closing its office building in downtown Roanoke, affecting 500 employees. 

Norfolk Southern Spokesman Robin Chapman says employees were informed Tuesday morning. .

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Uber and Lyft vs. Traditional Taxi Drivers
5:11 am
Wed December 24, 2014

VA Taxi Drivers Look to Lawmakers for Job Security

Credit Creative Commons

Recent reports about the growth of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would suggest that their success pits them directly against traditional taxi drivers. But, a representative from the taxi industry says that's NOT what's behind a rally in Richmond in which they called for more fairness for taxicab drivers.

Daniel Berhane with Virginia Taxicab Drivers United says while they don't believe rival companies are being established correctly, the VTDU is more concerned about the lack of job protections for drivers.  

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