Transportation

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would help many Vermonters with suspended licenses get back on the road.

The bill would repeal suspended licenses for many non-traffic violations like underage tobacco or alcohol use. Traffic tickets that are more than 26 years old would be wiped clean as well.

City of Montpelier

Montpelier now has enough money to move forward with its planned transit center at One Taylor Street, to be located on the former Carr parking lot. But there are still a handful of rights-of-way issues to be cleared up before construction can begin.

Steve Zind / VPR

Hundreds of Vermont state police cruisers are on the road every day – and it’s someone’s job to make sure they’re in good running order.  

Lawrence Kaminski, a 75-year-old traffic flagger from Wallingford, was killed Friday morning while working along Route 7 just south of Middlebury. 

angela n. / Flickr Creative Commons

It was the Fourth of July in 2011 when Regina-Anne and David Cooper got the news that would change their lives forever. Their 21-year-old son Derek had committed suicide by jumping from the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Now, the family is asking lawmakers to prevent similar deaths in the future. 

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway issued two very different press releases Monday about the same court decision. Both sides claimed victory on what was essentially a non-decision. And in an email to the press, the chairman of the Shelburne Select Board accused Vermont Railway of lying.

Voters in the city of Vergennes say they want the Agency of Transportation to consider a change to the truck route to reduce traffic in the historic downtown.

Courtesy Revision

A growing threat to airline safety is the illegal use of lasers to damage pilots’ eyes. Now an international company Revision, with offices in Essex, Vermont, has developed a protective eyewear that blocks the damaging effects of lasers.  

Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

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.

Steve Zind / VPR

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.

redlegsfan21 / Wikimedia Commons

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.

darrya / iStock.com

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.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

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.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

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.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

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.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR Photo Illustration

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:

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

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.

Ville de Laval

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.

Pages