Transportation

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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.

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.

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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.

Town of St. Albans

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.

Officials announced a $10 million federal rail grant Monday that will help the state complete improvements along the main north-south train route up the western side of Vermont.

A release from Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office said the state plans to match the $10 million federal grant with its own funds. The goal of the work is to “remove the final hurdle for restoring passenger service between Rutland and Burlington,” the release said.

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This fall, Wheels to Warmth will operate for the first time in Rutland and local community organizations are thrilled.

Wheels for Warmth was founded in 2005 by then-state senator Phil Scott. In the years since, the program has raised more than $253,000 for emergency fuel assistance and sold more than 12,500 safe donated tires. 

City of Montpelier

Securing rights of way and additional funding are the top two challenges facing the multi-modal transit center and associated recreation paths planned for Montpelier's One Taylor Street project. 

Andrew McKeever / VPR

Across Vermont, as elsewhere in the country, an upsurge of interest in bicycling — not only as a form of recreation but as a way to commute — is underway.

Last month the Agency of Transportation announced $5 million in funding for 28 Vermont communities to enhance their streets for pedestrians or bikes.

Julia Andrews

In May, the City of Winooski started charging for downtown parking. Today the city announced the addition of free 15 minute parking spots.

Stefan Hard / Times Argus

An Amtrak passenger train carrying 102 people derailed Monday morning in Northfield after pieces of rock ledge fell onto the tracks. Seven people were injured in the accident, including one who was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, but emergency officials say it could have been much worse.

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Anyone who lives in Vermont sees roadkill. From porcupines and squirrels littering the sides of roads to the more dangerous deer on the highway. But squashed critters are just one part of a discussion about how important it is that wildlife can move around the state - to feed, mate, hunt, and maintain genetic diversity. We're talking about the effort to make driving safer for Vermonters and help the state's wildlife thrive as well.

Brennan Linsley / AP

A massive scandal shook the auto industry when Volkswagen admitted that some of its diesel cars use software to fool state emissions tests. And there are nearly 3,000 cars in Vermont that could be affected. 

David Zalubowski / AP File

Burlington-based law firm Downs Rachlin Martin has filed a class action law suit against Volkswagen companies in the U.S. and Germany following revelations the automaker used a “defeat device” to deceive the Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests.

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