TRANSPORTATION

Supporters of hands-free driving legislation that fell apart in the final hours of this year's legislative session are hoping Gov. Ralph Northam will revive the bill."Hands free is not over," says Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, who has been working on the legislation for seven years.The governor has the power to...
Ultimately, three words led to the downfall of hands-free driving legislation that lawmakers hoped would finally allow police to crack down on widespread use of phones while driving.Legislation banning drivers from holding a phone for any reason passed the House.And it was poised to pass the Senate when an...
Benjamin West/ Capital News Service In October, Lt. Bradford Clark, a Hanover County firefighter, was killed when a tractor-trailer failed to “move over” as mandated by Virginia law. Now, the General Assembly plans to memorialize Clark through a specialty license plate and strengthen the state’s “move over” law. As Tropical Storm Michael...
The fiercest battle over the prospect of tolling on Interstate 81 in 2019 did not take place within the Virginia Capitol.Sure, the debate within the General Assembly over how best to fund capital improvements on the 325-mile highway that sees 42 percent of statewide interstate truck traffic left...
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...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceTeary-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...
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...
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...
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”...
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...