TRANSPORTATION

What Virginia wants to do with $100 million in electric vehicle charging money

BY: - September 21, 2022

As efforts to speed up the transition to electric vehicles intensify, Virginia is expected to receive $100 million from the federal government over the next five years to install public electric vehicle charging stations.  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act puts $7.5 billion toward building out a network of electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. Of […]

More than 1.1 million Virginians lack access to fixed-route transit service

BY: - September 7, 2022

More than 1.1 million people in Virginia are in need of fixed-route transit, according to a recent assessment of the commonwealth’s bus and rail services. Additionally, 570,000 jobs lack access to fixed-route transit, a term used for bus, van and rail service that operates according to a regular schedule along a predetermined route. The findings […]

Transit agencies see ridership increases statewide

BY: - September 6, 2022

Transit agencies across Virginia are seeking to increase ridership, even if it means dropping fares.  Throughout this month, the Virginia Railway Express, which connects Central and Northern Virginia to the District of Columbia, is suspending rail fares to mitigate the closure of several Metrorail stations in the commonwealth as well as increase ridership. VRE head […]

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A new passenger rail corridor could connect Hampton Roads to Blacksburg and beyond

BY: - August 31, 2022

The drive between Richmond and Charlottesville takes a little over an hour. However, to take a train for the same trip requires eight and a half hours. The picture is similarly bleak for travelers between Norfolk and Roanoke: the four-and-a-half-hour drive takes nearly four times as long via train — 16 hours.  The Commonwealth Corridor, […]

D.C. region leaders want to halve transportation emissions by 2030 despite road widening plans 

BY: - August 24, 2022

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board has pledged to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks despite also pursuing projects that could hinder those reductions. Earlier this summer, the board, made up of representatives from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, including those from Northern Virginia, passed a resolution to reduce road emissions […]

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Doing just the basics could have prevented worst of I-95 January storm

BY: - August 18, 2022

State officials kept a list of preventive measures for dealing with a major snowstorm on the shelf. They issued promises of help to desperate, stranded motorists that they couldn’t keep. Those were two of the most damning findings of the newly released audit by the Office of the State Inspector General of Virginia’s response to […]

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Time to hit the brakes?

BY: - August 15, 2022

From The Virginia Mercury: The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation uses several performance factors including ridership to determine the budget allocations for dozens of transit agencies. But ridership declined during the pandemic because more people were working from home instead of commuting to offices. Now, transit agencies are worried their budgets will be reduced […]

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Virginia’s answer to Greyhound shows rural areas are worth serving

BY: - August 12, 2022

A Greyhound stopping on the side of a rural road was once so common a sight that it continues to be a television trope despite the implosion of intercity bus service in America over the last half century. In 1970 — back when the U.S. population was just 205 million, the motorcoach industry recorded 130 […]

Ridership drops could mean less funding for Virginia transit agencies

BY: - August 10, 2022

A handful of Virginia transit agencies are projected to see a drop-off in state funding support following back-to-back years of federal and state relief due to the pandemic. Virginia Railway Express, RADAR in Roanoke, the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company and transit services in Loudoun County are some of the systems expected to be impacted by […]

Virginia gas prices fall below $4 per gallon for first time since April

BY: - August 1, 2022

The average gas price in Virginia recently fell below $4 per gallon for the first time since late April, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The $3.99 average price reported Monday is 14 cents lower than a week ago, 66 cents lower than a month ago and 87 cents lower than the all-time high of $4.86 recorded […]

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VDOT is introducing variable speed limits, but will congestion care?

BY: - August 1, 2022

“There is such thing as Hell on Earth and it’s I-95N between Richmond and DC,” quipped CBS 6 news anchor Elizabeth Holmes in a recent tweet. The post went viral, echoing a sentiment felt by the countless car users who regularly get caught in congestion between the two capitals. Hoping to decrease driving delays, last […]

VDOT preparing to use artificial intelligence to predict traffic

BY: - July 21, 2022

State transportation officials are gearing up to use an artificial intelligence system that will monitor emerging conditions to predict the impacts of traffic disruptions in Northern Virginia and the Fredericksburg metropolitan area. The rollout will mark the first time that artificial intelligence will be used to predict traffic disruptions in Virginia.  “If the system performs […]