Transportation

Never mind the robins; one of the first signs of spring in Vermont is the orange-breasted flagman - or flagwoman – as is increasingly common.

Two bridges in downtown Middlebury will be replaced with temporary steel bridges in June.

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For the first time, traffic stop information for Vermont's local police and sheriff’s departments has been collected and posted online.

The State Police Committee for Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs is releasing their data on traffic stops from 2016.

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On Town Meeting Day, four central Vermont communities allocated money to build a recreational bridge over the Winooski River. It's a project of the Cross Vermont Trail Association, which has been working to create a recreational trail network across central Vermont since the early 1990s.

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About 800 people braved frigid temperatures Saturday for a chance to walk across the nearly completed I-91 bridge in Brattleboro.

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A new state report shows that police in Vermont are changing the way they use automatic license plate readers.

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Net Zero Vermont has announced a winner for its Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. Entrants were tasked with creating a sustainable vision for the capital city that could be achieved in the next 13 years. 

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Vermont and Maine are the only states that still have paper-based vehicle inspection systems. That will change this spring, when Vermont brings its Automated Vehicle Inspection Program online — and some small repair shops fear they’ll be pushed out of the inspection business as a result.

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A few Burlington car owners have returned to their vehicles in the past week only to find that a substantial chunk of their exhaust system is missing.

The Conservation Law Foundation filed in Vermont environmental court Wednesday to join a trio of cases related to the state’s planned redevelopment of the Colchester exit of Interstate 89, and the group has an unlikely ally in its efforts.

The longtime news director at WCAX, Anson Tebbetts, will serve as secretary of the Agency of Agriculture under the incoming administration of Governor-elect Phil Scott.

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A new federal law will bring Vermont one step closer to the resumption of rail service to and from Montreal, Canada.

Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles was breaking Vermont law when it searched its records using facial recognition software, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan says.
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Vermont officials say immigrants living in the state illegally don’t need to worry that information they gave the Department of Motor Vehicles to get “driver's privilege cards” will cause trouble with federal immigration authorities. But privacy advocates are looking to the state to implement more protections.

Governor-elect Phil Scott says it's critical for Vermont to take steps to rebuild its transportation infrastructure. But Scott says he'll oppose efforts to raise the state gas tax to provide new revenue for this initiative.

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At its meeting next week, the Mount Holly Select Board will consider an ordinance allowing all terrain vehicles to use some town roads. It's an issue that's been discussed in the past, and some residents are wondering why it's back on the agenda.

A new system for conducting annual vehicle inspections in Vermont will make it easier for the state to gather information and identify inspection problems.

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation is starting its second phase of On-Road Bicycle Planning. During the first phase VTrans held statewide public meetings using the Vermont Interactive Television Network. But that technology is now a thing of the past. Starting with the first Phase Two meeting Thursday night, VTrans will live stream using Go To Meeting software.

For the second year in a row, Green Mountain Transit is providing a Free Ride Day to help Vermont shoppers reach local retailers on "Small Business Saturday," which falls on Nov. 26 this year.

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Community members in Middlebury will be discussing a plan to replace two downtown rail bridges at a meeting Thursday with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The state hopes to replace the bridges over a 10-week period in 2019, before Amtrak extends service north along Route 7.

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