TRANSPORTATION

No driver wants to sit on the side of the road upwards of 20 minutes waiting to get a speeding ticket. And with cars whooshing by a few feet away, state troopers don’t want to be stuck doing roadside paperwork any longer than they have to.But there may be...
In a bid to ease one of the worst bottlenecks in the country, the governors of Maryland and Virginia announced Tuesday that the two states will partner on a replacement for the aging and overcrowded American Legion Bridge on Interstate 495.The new 12-lane span will be built where the...
For the first time ever, Virginians are paying less in gas taxes while driving more, a worrisome milestone for transportation officials concerned about how they’ll pay for roads in a more fuel-efficient future.At a Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in Richmond last week, state officials said they support technological advances...
As a long-awaited higher-speed passenger rail project between Richmond and Washington gets a key federal approval, a coalition of business, higher education, transportation and environmental groups wants the state to study the possibility of connecting the state via east-west passenger rail service.On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Rail and...
Little green boxes placed on roadsides around Northern Virginia to automatically sample passing vehicles’ exhaust generated just under 900 air quality violations last year, which are mailed to the offending vehicle’s owner along with a photo and instructions to make repairs or face a fine.The program is part of...
SANDSTON — A dozen people turned out to the State Water Control Board’s meeting Friday to voice their support for the destruction of an acre and a half of wetlands along the Potomac River in the name of environmental responsibility.Once, such an argument would have been unthinkable. But as...
Emporia is a well-known speed trap, dreaded by heavy-footed drivers who might think the city near the border of North Carolina funds its operations entirely through the punishment of too-fast drivers.But 124 miles away, there's a town that relies on bad drivers’ traffic fines and similar payments more than...
One of the more important data sets to have been released recently are the new 2030 and 2040 population projections from the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center’s Demographics Research Group. The Weldon Cooper Center is the commonwealth’s official demographer and their projections impact a whole host of state...
Amtrak Train 93 was already an hour late when it headed south out of Washington bound for Norfolk the other evening. Many passengers – including me – just longed for a cozy bed to envelop them as we got closer to Hampton Roads. The Petersburg station, the penultimate stop...
After a state-run bus line between Blacksburg and Washington beat ridership estimates by more than 200 percent, state officials are planning to introduce two new routes connecting Southside Virginia with points north.The Virginia Breeze debuted at the end of 2017. The 50-seat buses run seven days a week, and...