Transportation

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.

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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.

The Vermont Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gasoline price fixing suit to proceed. 

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A while back, Brave Little State got a question from Will Taylor, of Colchester, that we just couldn’t resist: “What is that bizarre thing at the Waterbury rest area?”

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Far too often when we need to make a run to the store for groceries or other goods, we hop in the car or truck. But wouldn't be great to use your bike for a chore like that? If only your bike had the capacity to hold all those bags of stuff. In Brattleboro, there's an organization working to get more people on electric-assisted "cargobikes" to fill this need.

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Anyone who has visited to Europe has found that getting around from country to country and city to city can be done efficiently by train. But then you return home to find that rail travel in the U.S. is isolated to very specific regions and cities.

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A federal district court ruling issued last week by U.S. District Judge William Sessions cleared the way for Vermont Railway to develop a rail spur and move its road salt transportation and storage operation to the town of Shelburne.

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A committee charged with addressing bias in the state police is taking its first steps to respond to the racial discrepancies revealed in data on traffic stops.

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Airport weather delays and long security lines are the bane of summer travel, and the passenger's point of view on these problems is familiar. But what does it look like to the people who try to keep airports like BTV running smoothly?

On June 29th 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the “Federal-Aid Highway Act” authorizing “a national system of Interstate and Defense Highways”. Today, and $500 billion later, that system extends almost 48,000 miles through all fifty states and Puerto Rico.

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