TRANSPORTATION

House and Senate vote to ban holding cellphones while driving

BY: - February 5, 2019

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 and more dangerous drivers on […]

Legislators and victims plead for tougher distracted driving law

BY: - February 1, 2019

By Katja Timm/ Capital News Service Teary-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 conference was to advocate […]

Northern Virginia road projects get $1 billion investment

BY: - January 30, 2019

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 or where they live […]

Bi-partisan toll proposal would charge cars $24 to drive through Va. on I-81

BY: - January 8, 2019

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 rates would be […]

COMMENTARY

Amazon gives Virginia the opportunity to build a 21st century transportation network

BY: - January 8, 2019

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” plan. The reasons: A) driving […]

Virginia joins coalition designing carbon-capping transportation policy

BY: - December 18, 2018

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 reduce carbon emissions from the combustion […]

To boost Amtrak ridership, state mulls cutting ticket prices within Virginia, D.C.

BY: - December 5, 2018

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 would cost the state $683,000 […]

Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Northam establishes group to tackle rising highway deaths

BY: - December 4, 2018

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 the citizens who use our […]

It wasn’t just candidates on Tuesday’s ballots: The fate of local bonds, meals taxes and alcohol measures

BY: - November 7, 2018

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 and imposing local meals taxes […]

Virginia Mercury

Virginia devotes $14 million to deploying all-electric bus fleet across the state

BY: - October 31, 2018

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 with a charging station company […]

Scooter startup says Richmond’s proposed $40,000 license fee likely nonstarter

BY: - September 27, 2018

If you’ve been following the entry of the electric scooter rental industry into Virginia, you know there’s Bird Rides, which has taken a brute force approach to doing business in Norfolk and Richmond, paying thousands in impound fees just to put its scooters back on the streets to get impounded again. Then there’s Lime, which […]

Bird moves into Norfolk, gets its scooters impounded in a whole new Va. city

BY: - August 29, 2018

Fresh from getting run out of Richmond by the city’s aggressive towing contractor, an electric scooter rental company popped up in Norfolk on Thursday, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Authorities in Norfolk appear to be acting even quicker than Richmond to get the scooters, which people can rent for $1 with a smartphone app, off city […]