Transportation

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Green Mountain Power officials were in downtown Rutland Tuesday to unveil the first of 12 high-speed electric vehicle chargers they plan to install across the state. 

GMP hopes the new charging stations will encourage more Vermonters to drive electric cars and help ease what’s known as range anxiety for those who already do.

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A group based in Brattleboro is hoping you'll ditch your car and start taking your bike more often. VBike has teamed up with the state's alternative transportation agency, Go! Vermont, to provide consultation services to help you find the perfect bicycle to carry your kids, perhaps your groceries as well, and still make it up that hill. They hope to increase the usage of bikes for transportation in Vermont.

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A Burlington company that develops software and hardware for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is the first company in Vermont to get a federal permit allowing the use of drones for commercial purposes.

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Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says she is incredibly frustrated that Congress will not pass a long-term transportation bill. Minter is putting a contingency plan in place to ensure that Vermont's summer construction projects can stay on schedule.

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Travelers through East Burke will have a detour to contend with starting next Tuesday, May 26. The detour will last three weeks as the Vermont Agency of Transportation replaces the Route 114 bridge over Dish Mill Brook.

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Local and state officials joined Sen. Patrick Leahy in Burlington Monday to break ground on a new transit center.

The new transit center has been decades in the making. Numerous officials speaking at the windy groundbreaking ceremony made comments about the extensive planning process.

"I don't think I fully appreciated how some projects can take the life out of you," said Chapin Spencer, Burlington's public works director and a member of the board of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

Town of Monkton

The town of Monkton wants to turn the Monkton Central School's lower parking lot into a municipal park and ride. The select board recently hosted a public discussion on the topic, and outlined specifics of a park and ride proposal.

Vermont State Agency of Transportation

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is in the process of developing an On-Road Bicycle map to make sure the roadways can safely support bicycle riders. They're looking for public input for the project, with the date for final comments fast approaching.

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Brookfield is taking two days later this month to celebrate the re-opening of the town's famous floating bridge. In fact, this will be Brookfield's eighth floating bridge — and this time, it's expected to be 100 years before the bridge needs replacement.

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On Sunday, cyclists from around Vermont are expected to go for a ride that one of their own never had the chance to complete.

Richard Tom, 47, was killed after getting hit by a car last Sunday morning in Hinesburg. The driver of the car – 17-year-old Joseph Marshall – was also killed.

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There are significant challenges to bicycle commuting in Vermont, even when the weather is cooperative and streets are clear of ice and snow. But it might soon get a little easier to ride your bike on at least some state highways.

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American Airlines will begin non-stop flights between Burlington International Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina in August, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced Tuesday.

Weinberger said the route makes Charlotte the 12th destination with non-stop service from Burlington currently operating.

He said the airport’s aviation manager, Gene Richards, has been working to establish the route for years. City officials and state Secretary of Transportation Sue Minter thanked American Airlines for making the decision to expand service in Burlington.

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Wallingford residents take bike safety seriously, and have for quite some time. Right now organizers are getting ready for the town's 17th annual Wallingford Community Bike Safety Day.

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State transportation officials are using some new high-tech tools to help inspect the condition of roads throughout Vermont. And legislative leaders say the program helps the state target its transportation resources to those projects that are most in need of repair.

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The return of warm weather has a lot of Vermonters pumping up the tires and checking the chains on their bicycles. But bikes are more than just recreational vehicles: many people rely on bicycles as their mode of transportation. We talk about the accessibility of bike commuting, and the roadblocks that keep some people from getting on their bikes with Emily Boedecker, executive director of the bike and pedestrian advocacy group Local Motion.

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Many communities talk about creating a healthy environment through wellness initiatives, but this week some Lamoille County towns are both talking the talk and walking the walk. They've invited Mark Fenton, former host of the public television show America's Walking, to conduct downtown "walking audits."

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The hit and run death of Mary Jane Oatslay in Rutland two years ago, along with several other highly publicized pedestrian related traffic accidents, has brought the issue of pedestrian safety to the forefront in Rutland. And now the city is undertaking a pilot study to help make streets safer.

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More than a thousand Vermonters who hoped to get their driving privileges restored turned out Friday at a courthouse in Burlington.

People began lining up in the early morning dark – long before courthouse doors opened. By midday, the line snaked around a city block as hundreds waited in a biting wind for a chance to drive legally again.

Robert Robbins from Burlington hoped to pay off 15 tickets at $20 dollars apiece, instead of the $4,500 he owed for multiple offenses for driving with a suspended license. Tickets, he says, he couldn't afford to pay off.

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In recent years, taxes from higher gas prices, generous federal highway funding, and money poured into Tropical Storm Irene recovery helped the state make progress in repairs to transportation infrastructure.  

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Work is beginning on the replacement of two Interstate 91 bridges over Route 5, near White River Junction.  But transportation officials say new technology and building methods will limit disruption to motorists.

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