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.  

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

Lynchburg Train Derailment

May 1, 2014
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.

Cotton to Silk

Apr 17, 2014
Norfolk Southern Corporation

An oral history project and a soon-to-be released book tell the story of African American Heritage on the Roanoke-based Norfolk and Western Railroad.

The memories are those of 20 retired and current black employees of N&W, which later became Norfolk Southern.

The railroad was a microcosm of America itself—and the stories illustrate the momentum of equal opportunity.

Oral historian Sheree Scarborough has been running on tight deadlines.

The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out.  The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.

Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.