Wyatt Gordon covers transportation, housing, and land use for the Mercury through a grant from the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Coalition for Smarter Growth. The Mercury retains full editorial control. Previously he’s written for the Times of India, Nairobi News, Honolulu Civil Beat, Style Weekly and RVA Magazine. He also works as a policy manager for land use and transportation at the Virginia Conservation Network.
Long Bridge rail project barrels forward full speed ahead
By: Wyatt Gordon - September 14, 2020
With the state budget in tatters and commuter levels at record lows, now might hardly seem the right moment for Virginia to embark upon a $1.9 billion rail project. However, the recent conclusion of the Long Bridge’s environmental impact study has cleared the way for the commonwealth to do just that. The plan to add […]
Could I-64 prove VDOT’s highway management is on the road to reform?
By: Wyatt Gordon - September 8, 2020
With traffic once again surging post a pandemic-triggered lull this spring, Virginia’s management of its multi-billion dollar highway system will be critical to the commonwealth’s long-term recovery — as well as its coffers. As the state seeks to keep its economy moving while reducing congestion, a new Virginia Department of Transportation study of the 320-mile […]
Fare or no fare? Transit agencies face tough choices amid COVID-19 budget crunch.
By: Wyatt Gordon - August 21, 2020
Thanks to ground-breaking expansion plans and record ridership numbers in 2019, the Greater Richmond Transit Company expected 2020 to be a turning point in Central Virginia’s glacial journey towards a truly regional transit system. Instead, GRTC’s first-ever local route in Chesterfield opened during an unprecedented pandemic and eight months into the year the agency finds […]
On the Eastern Shore, locals hope a 49-mile rail trail will reinvigorate the economy
By: Wyatt Gordon - August 12, 2020
Virginia’s rural Eastern Shore has been losing residents for decades, but in one aspect of that abandonment, locals see opportunity. Last month, Canonie Atlantic, the company which owns the tracks on the Eastern Shore, petitioned the federal Surface Transportation Board to decommission a 49.1 miles long rail line from the town of Hallwood to Cape […]
‘A real opportunity’: Virginia places a big bet on electrifying port
By: Wyatt Gordon - July 31, 2020
As the third largest container port on the East Coast, the Port of Virginia is used to operating non-stop around the clock to make sure shelves across the region remain fully stocked. With the current state of battery technology, however, the new electric tractors on order to lug goods around the shipyard will likely only […]