TRANSPORTATION

Both chambers of the General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that bans holding a cellphone for any reason while driving, ending years of debate and replacing a current ban on texting that police said was virtually unenforceable.Lawmakers who opposed tightening restrictions said their views have changed as they’ve encountered more...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceTeary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony.Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died in distracted driving crashes. The press...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News Service Virginia and private partner Transurban will invest over $1 billion in four transportation projects in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg, state officials announced Tuesday. The projects are designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve connectivity on Interstates 495 and 95. “Creating opportunity for all Virginians no matter who they are...
Under a tolling proposal to fund $2.2 billion in upgrades to Interstate 81, drivers would pay $24 traverse all 325 miles of the roadway in Virginia.Commercial trucks would pay twice as much, about $48.That breaks down to 7.5 cents per mile for passenger vehicles and 15 cents per mile.The...
With the recent announcement that Amazon is bringing 25,000-plus high-paying jobs to Crystal City in Northern Virginia, I believe now is the perfect opportunity to move the commonwealth’s transportation system into the 21st century.Now is a great time to move away from the “more roads” transportation plan to an “all-of-the-above”...
Nine states, including Virginia, and Washington, D.C. have signed on to a plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from transportation and investing in a low-carbon transportation infrastructure.The group, collaborating through the Transportation and Climate Initiative, has committed to developing a regional, low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would "cap and...
State transit officials are considering cutting the price of Amtrak tickets for trips within Virginia in a bid to increase ridership.A market study estimated that a 15 percent fare reduction would lure an estimated 51,000 additional riders onto trains every year — a roughly 7 percent increase. The move...
Gov. Ralph Northam established the Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety Tuesday, a group of state officials that will work to reduce the rising number of deaths on Virginia's roads.“Nearly every crash is preventable and it’s important that we focus on altering the behaviors that threaten the safety of...
Virginians voted to pass two constitutional amendments related to property tax relief in this year's election, a decision that will affect the whole state.But there were also some notable local ballot measures that asked voters to decide on funding for traffic improvements in some of Northern Virginia's fastest-growing areas...
Virginia is investing $14 million to deploy all-electric transit buses across the state, according to a news release.The investment represents 15 percent of the Virginia's $93.6 million Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation. Earlier this year, the state devoted another 15 percent of the allocation to set up a contract...