Transportation

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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If you're planning on traveling the Monkton/Vergennes Road Wednesday or Friday, you'll have to go the long way around. But your detour will benefit generations of wildlife that will soon have their own way to bypass the road.

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The Agency of Agriculture says plans for a large development at the Randolph exit on Interstate 89 will preserve less primary farmland than the developer claims.

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Design work is underway on a planned runway expansion at the Middlebury State Airport. State transportation officials plan to meet with the community Wednesday night to give an update on the $3 million project.

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The race for the Vermont Democratic gubernatorial nomination now has a third candidate.

Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says she's running for governor to help alleviate the "economic anxiety" that she feels is prevalent in many parts of the state.

It's still 11 months before Vermont's primary election and five candidates have already announced their intention to run for governor.

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State transportation officials are set to launch a comprehensive public awareness campaign to help make Vermont roads safer for bicyclists and motorcyclists.

Officials say the campaign is needed because there has been an unusually large number of fatal accidents this year.

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Failure to pay old fines has cost thousands of Vermonters their driving privileges. It’s become an especially big problem for lower-income residents. And state officials say they’ll introduce legislation next year that will help many of those drivers get back on the road.

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A revised plan to develop land at Exit 4 in Randolph is being panned by those who oppose the project.

Last month, the District 3 Environmental Commission told the developer to submit a more compact plan for a large mixed-use project on 172 acres that includes primary farmland. 

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Most new cars in the United States have an automatic transmission. So driving a stick shift is something fewer and fewer people in this country know how to do. And it can be a little intimidating to think about learning, especially as an adult. 

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Dozens of people packed into a special Middlebury select board meeting last month to share their concerns over the planned replacement of two rail road bridges in the downtown. Some said they'd rather see a rail bypass. But transportation officials say a bypass isn't feasible. 

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The Middlebury-based Addison County Transit Resources says it is on track to deliver its two millionth ride next Tuesday, August 25. And the bus service is celebrating by offering free rides that day.

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Northeast Kingdom developer Bill Stenger has unveiled the design for a new airport terminal to be built at the state airport in Coventry.

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