TRANSPORTATION

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...
Wildlife sightings are commonplace for anyone who spends time on Virginia’s highways. But many drivers are also all too familiar with the danger that can arise quickly when animals venture into the human-made spaces crisscrossing their habitats.Virginia drivers have a one in 74 chance of striking an animal, according...
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...
With new laws that aim to reduce carbon output from power plants now in effect, Virginia officials are laying the groundwork to tackle a much more complicated source of emissions: vehicles.Almost half of the commonwealth’s carbon emissions can be traced back to transportation — trucks, airplanes and, of course,...
Traffic is back.Car and truck volume trends in Virginia are moving back toward normal after plummeting during the COVID-19 shutdown, according to numbers released Friday by the Virginia Department of Transportation.Pandemic traffic on state-maintained interstates and primary roads hit a low on April 12, a Sunday when volumes for...
To move a colony of migratory seabirds whose nesting site stood in the way of the $4 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project, Virginia officials came up with a plan to redirect them to newly created habitats nearby.To attract thousands of birds to the designated sites on barges and...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s 144 budget amendments aren’t just about cutting new spending as Virginia braces itself for at least $1 billion in revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.They are also, in one instance, about birds — specifically, gull-billed terns — and a massive expansion of the...
One state senator compared it to authoritarian tactics he saw on a trip to Moscow. A different lawmaker told a harrowing tale of someone being interrogated on their way to grandma's house. Another said the General Assembly was flirting with a "nightmare for Virginians."The issue inciting the ominous talk...
Lead foots around Virginia, beware: State legislators have just made it tougher for you to break speed limits with impunity, at least in certain circumstances.The General Assembly this week passed a bill allowing state and local police to use speed cameras in school and highway work zones. Go at...
Virginia police officers can already use radar and lasers to spot speeders. But police officers still have to give out tickets the old-fashioned way: By catching the car and handing the driver a summons.That would change under legislation approved by the General Assembly allowing state and local police to...