Transportation

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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.

Toby Talbot / AP file

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.

Technology as a solution to society’s ills is a compelling story-line – like nuclear power will be too cheap to meter, or carbon sequestration will address climate change, and driver-less cars will reduce air pollution.

Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Conservation biologists say that the good news for wildlife is there are still extensive tracts of forest habitat in the northeast. Yet as humans have built up roads and housing developments, crossing between key habitat areas — such as from the Adirondacks to the Green Mountains — can be a dangerous trip for a moose or a bear.   

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Burlington’s City Council will decide Monday night whether or not to keep a controversial street design pilot through the winter.

Harwood Union High School has opened its doors today, a federal holiday, to allow its students to come together after a crash on Interstate 89 this weekend killed five teenagers, four of them from Harwood. The school is also holding a candlelight vigil this evening.

John Snell

While Vermonters are biking, carpooling and taking public transportation as part of Vermont's Way to Go! commuter challenge this week, Montpelier is gearing up for a week focused on walking.

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Just in time for foliage season, there’s a new rest area open off exit 7 on Interstate 89, in Berlin, and it offers a lot of firsts for Vermont.

The Governor's Highway Safety Program reports there have been 43 traffic fatalities so far in 2016,  including 10 motorcyclists and five pedestrians. Scott Davidson, GHSP chief, told Vermont Edition Thursday that factors like good weather and an improving economy can lead to an increase in accidents and fatalities.

 

A traffic ordinance adopted by the Bolton Select Board goes into effect at the end of the month. The ordinance sets enforceable speed limits on town highways, designates intersections where drivers must come to a full stop, delineates crosswalks, regulates load limits and dictates parking regulations. 

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Stagecoach bus driver Seth Corbett has a quiet manner and a kind smile as he helps passengers on and off his bus. He's the newest bus driver at Randolph’s Stagecoach Transportation Services. When he joined the organization in the spring, he became part of a 40-year tradition of getting Central Vermonters where they need to go.

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to a $40,000 settlement and a new set of policies after department staff collaborated with federal officials to arrest a resident on immigration charges.

Motor vehicles are the most significant in-state source of air pollutants in Vermont. Older diesel engines are among the biggest culprits, spewing unhealthy particulates and greenhouse gases.

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The City of Montpelier has set a goal to become the country's first net zero capital city, and a new nonprofit plans to take on what it calls the biggest obstacle to that goal: Montpelier's car culture.

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