VPR/Steve Zind

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.

Melody Bodette / VPR

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.

Bob Kinzel / VPR/file

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.


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.

John Dillon / VPR File

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.

Steve Zind / VPR file

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. 

Jane Lindholm / VPR

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. 

Melody Bodette / VPR

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. 

Caleb Kenna Photography

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.


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

Melody Bodette / VPR

Some Middlebury residents are concerned about a $55 million project to replace two aging state-owned rail bridges in the downtown. Some say disruptions would be devastating to local businesses, others say they’d rather have trains out of the town center all together.

Stefan Hard for VPR

The state's draft rail plan released earlier this month says freight traffic on Vermont's railways is expected to grow 40 percent from 2007 levels over the next 20 years.

The plan focuses on making sure the state's railways have enough capacity to move all of that freight while safely carrying more passengers between Vermont cities, but serious questions remain about storing the train cars when they aren't moving.

Charlotte Albright / Charlotte Albright

There’s a new way to do an age old farm chore — spread manure. Most Vermont farmers use sprayers on tank trucks. But long hoses can now take manure from its source to the fields. It's a high-tech method that yields many benefits recently demonstrated at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Bikes have been popping up throughout the village of Morrisville in the past week - in front of the Morristown Town Offices, at the library and down by the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. They're there for the taking, as long as you fill out a waiver at the town office and return your ride within 72 hours.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Congressman Peter Welch says he's optimistic that President Obama's new agreement with Iran is the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. He's also been pushing for a long term transportation funding bill, as opposed to the stopgap measure that just passed in the House.

Paul Chiasson / AP

Last Monday marked the two-year anniversary of the explosion of oil tanker train cars in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec that shook many in the region and across the country. The train derailed in the middle of the night, right in the center of the small village, destroying many of the buildings in the town center and taking 47 lives.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

The Agency of Transportation has issued its first statewide rail plan in nearly a decade. The proposal envisions new passenger routes to Burlington, Montreal, Manchester and Bennington, but there’s no clear plan to pay for the massive track upgrades needed to make it all a reality. 

cate_89 /

At any given time, more than 30,000 Vermonters are contending with a suspended driver’s license. But the suspension often relates to offenses that have nothing to do with a person’s road-worthiness. So Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says it’s time to get many of those drivers back on the highway.

Wilson Ring / AP File

State officials are growing concerned that Congress won't pass a long-term federal transportation bill this year. They’ve developed a contingency plan to ensure that road and bridge construction projects in Vermont stay on schedule this summer. 

Wilson Ring / AP File

During this year's legislative session, a  comprehensive transportation bill totaling $616 million was passed. It will improve structurally deficient bridges, make municipal storm water improvements, and provide funding for rail, public transit systems, airports and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

We discuss the bill's impact with Transportation Secretary Sue Minter.