Transportation

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The tension between privacy rights and national security flared up this week when a federal judge ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the two attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California in December.

We're talking to Vermont Representative Peter Welch about this issue, plus the controversy surrounding when to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and more.

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The average price of regular gasoline has dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time since early 2009, according to the state’s monthly fuel price report. The average price is $1.97 per gallon, but it’s likely prices won’t stay this low much longer.

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With winter tourism suffering due to a lack of snow, you might think fewer people would be flying into Vermont. But officials at many regional airports say business is up.

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When the Internet-based car service Uber began operating in Burlington in 2014, officials said it had violated the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance. The service continued to operate under an interim agreement while the City Council promised to revise the ordinance by November of that year.

It's taken a bit longer than planned, but a new ordinance might be headed to the Burlington City Council very soon.

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A fight between the town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway made its way to the courts this week. At issue is a railroad spur, truck transfer and storage facility the railway plans to build in town.

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Public transportation passengers in parts of Vermont will soon be able to buy tickets and track busses on their cell phones. It's part of an overall effort to move to a paperless system for what's soon to be known as Green Mountain Transit.

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Under the new Vermont Clean Water Law, cities and towns will be required to apply for a permit to verify that paved and unpaved roads are maintained to prevent stormwater runoff.

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Lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would make it against the law for drivers to refuse to allow police to search their cell phones without a warrant. The searches would be “for the limited purpose of enabling the officer to ascertain whether the operator violated” Vermont’s law against using handheld electronics while driving, according to the legislation.

U.S. Route 4 in Killington was closed after a crash between a tractor trailer and a SUV left three dead, according to a release from Vermont State Police.

Authorities did not release any additional information about the people and vehicles involved in the accident.

The release said U.S. 4 may remain closed until early Wednesday morning as police continue to investigate the collision.

Lt. Chuck Cacciatore said in a release that drivers should avoid the affected stretch of U.S. 4:

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Road crews across the state are taking advantage of the warm days to catch up on projects they couldn't get done during the fall.

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We know salt helps keep icy roads safe, but the salt itself has some negative side effects on the environment – and our cars. In Quebec, the city of Laval is experimenting with a special, alternative additive: white beet extract.

Thanks to a new public-private partnership, Vermont will soon have its first 24-hour rest area and services center along Interstate 89. The Vermont Traveler Services Center, off exit 7 in Berlin, will include a convenience store and deli, and be powered by a 500 kilowatt solar array.

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The House and Senate have agreed on a five-year, $305 billion transportation bill. It's the first long-term bill in over a decade; in the last 10 years, Congress has adopted 37 short-term fixes, largely because of funding disagreements.

Amtrak Police are investigating a train accident that left one man dead and another injured. Both were hit by an Amtrack train just before noon, police said. No passengers on the train were injured.

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Shari Galiardi and Dave Hutchison live in a truly tiny house: a refurbished 1957 chrome trailer, not much bigger than a mid-sized car.

The couple is part of the so-called "Tiny House" movement, which focuses on living greener, clutter-free lives.

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State officials today will celebrate a Northeast Kingdom airport’s new and improved runway — a project several years and many million dollars in the making. Now, private developers are on the hook to deliver other improvements. And there’s some concern about delays in the developer’s timetable.

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Voters in the town of St. Albans said no Tuesday to a plan to move the town garage and salt shed to another town-owned property. Voters also chose to support a new junk ordinance approved by the select board in August.

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According to a new study by the AAA Traffic Foundation, the dangers of distracted driving are far worse than originally thought.

When the Vermont Legislature passed a bill banning drivers from using hand-held phones or other electronic devices, officials believed that moving towards a hands-free system would be a safer alternative.

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After a successful experiment last winter, the city of Montpelier has decided to institute winter on-street parking bans on an as-needed basis again this year. The policy goes into effect on Sunday.

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The MOB has openings. In this case, MOB stands for the Maintenance and Operations Bureau at the Vermont Agency of Transportation – and the openings are for state plow truck drivers.

The state is facing a serious shortage of maintenance works who drive the trucks.

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