TRANSPORTATION

WASHINGTON — Senators from Virginia and Maryland are pushing new legislation to ensure that Metro gets up to $200 million each year from the federal government — with some strings attached. Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen at...
For the past four years, the tallest bridge in the state has stood along the Kentucky border unconnected to any open roadways on either side.Some see it as a prime example of the politicization and mismanagement of transportation funding that led to the development of SmartScale, the state’s...
Digital town hall results released Tuesday by Gov. Ralph Northam's office show that 93 percent of the 2,000 respondents considered distracted-driving a "very serious or serious problem."They also voted it "the most serious of seven highway safety issues provided for ranking, followed closely by drunk driving," the governor's office...
FLOYD — The saga of securing money to build out Interstate 81, which runs through rural western Virginia as one of the East Coast’s arterial commercial routes, was one of the twistiest narratives of the 2019 General Assembly session.A pair of bills proposing tolls to fund interstate construction was...
Six months after Tropical Storm Michael hit Virginia, 17 roads around the state are still in the process of being repaired.Michael hit Virginia in mid-October, killing six people across the state and leaving behind millions of dollars of damage to personal and public property.State road repairs have been "extensive"...
Wednesday’s vote to implement a regional gas tax along the Interstate 81 corridor resolves a longstanding debate over how to pay for safety upgrades to a much-criticized, highly traveled roadway.It also leaves the Richmond area as the only major metro area in the state without a dedicated source to...
By Kathleen Shaw/ Capital News Service Drivers in Virginia would face penalties for using a phone behind the wheel under legislation that Gov. Ralph Northam has amended and sent to the General Assembly for approval. “The time has come for the commonwealth to implement an effective and fair law to combat distracted...
ROANOKE— A rapidly growing neighborhood that’s sprung up in downtown Roanoke has reversed decades of population loss and revitalized previously vacant buildings.The influx of new residents, however, have complicated policy decisions in a district that’s traditionally been home to citywide and regional public services. And as to the question...
Virginia transit officials flew out to California earlier this year to check out a tunnel dug by Elon Musk’s Boring Company and, well, they think the state should stick with traditional railways and roads for now.“It’s a car in a very small tunnel,” Michael McLaughlin, Virginia’s chief of rail...
Old Order Mennonites dress plain, rely on horse and buggies for transportation and, for the most part, don’t want their picture taken.It’s meant most members of the community don’t have state-issued identification cards – a situation Virginia is set to remedy this year with the passage of legislation allowing...