CoLab (X)po Wednesday – Roanoke’s Transit Vision Plan

Monday, January 25, 2016

CoLab (X)po Wednesday - Roanoke's Transit Vision Plan

1.27.15 Roanoke’s Transit Vision Plan 5:15 – 6:45 PM | Free & Open to the Public! | Light Refreshments Provided Preserving our natural environment; Developing our workforce and the economy; Improving our personal health.  Transit can help us reach these goals and help our Roanoke Valley become a more livable community. After significant data analysis and public […]

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Gov. McAuliffe’s budget includes increased funding for education, raises for state employees

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe's budget includes increased funding for education, raises for state employees

Despite federal sequestration Governor Terry McAuliffe Virginia faced a $2.4 billion dollar state budget shortfall. These cuts disrupted strategic planning and severely harm the state’s economy. “Now, the economic landscape has changed for the better, Congress is getting its act together, and we have a genuine opportunity to take the next step forward,” he said. He […]

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Downtown street changes still in some flux

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Downtown street changes still in some flux

This evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Roanoke City planners held a drop in meet and greet to hear from concerned businesses on changing one-way streets to two-way streets. Planning director, Chris Chittum said that comments were mixed.  “If it ain’t broke why fix it” said some. Others just questioned parking and access that […]

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine listens to Asian-American business owners

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine listens to Asian-American business owners

This morning U.S. Senator Tim Kaine held a round table discussion with the Asian-American Business Owners Association. Their concerns and questions mirrored those of all small business owners. (See “other topics, questions, answers” below on ISIL, college tuition and TPP) Infrastructure needs, taxes, health care costs, employee retention, stalled immigration legislation and concerns over raising […]

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Excursion schedule for N&W Class J 611 when it returns to Roanoke May 30

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Excursion schedule for N&W Class J 611 when it returns to Roanoke May 30

Class J 611 to be included in Norfolk Southern Corporation’s 21st Century Steam Excursion program in June and July For nearly 20 years she’s sat silent, but on Saturday, May 30, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611™ Steam Passenger Locomotive, the most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built, will triumphantly return to her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia under […]

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Virginia AG Mark Herring sues guardrail manufacturer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring brought legal action against Trinity Industries and Trinity Highway Products, LLC for selling the Commonwealth of Virginia thousands of unapproved, improperly tested, and potentially dangerous pieces of highway guardrail equipment. In a complaint filed in Richmond Circuit Court, the Commonwealth seeks civil penalties and recovery of costs if necessary […]

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Forest fire vehicles on display at the VMT thru June 30

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Virginia Department of Forestry to display wildfire vehicles at the Virginia Museum of Transportation from May 10 through June 30, 2014  Five vehicles used to battle wildfires in the Commonwealth will be on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation beginning this Saturday as part of the Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) 100th anniversary as […]

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Gov. McDonnell: Agreement returns passenger rail to Star City

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gov. McDonnell: Agreement returns passenger rail to Star City

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and Norfolk Southern Corporation have entered into an agreement to improve rail related infrastructure between Lynchburg and Roanoke. The improvements will allow passenger rail to once again serve the Roanoke Region. Governor McDonnell’s 2013 transportation funding plan was instrumental in funding the return of […]

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Valley Metro and Amtrak join in new reservation system

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Valley Metro and Amtrak are joining forces to offer a new, seamless process for reserving seats for travel on the Smart Way Connector bus from Roanoke and Blacksburg to Lynchburg, and on Amtrak to Washington, D.C. and points North. Persons traveling to Roanoke and Blacksburg via the Amtrak connection to Lynchburg may also reserve seats for continued ground transportation service […]

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Terry McAuliffe would love to bring 5000 jobs to Roanoke VIDEO

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Terry McAuliffe would love to bring 5000 jobs to Roanoke VIDEO

FLASH BACK March 7, 2011 – McAuliffe talks about Greentech and Virginia not bidding on it – new plant will have 5000 jobs – love to bring it to Roanoke. Former Democratic National Committee chair and candidate Terry McAuliffe dropped in on Roanoke City council Monday morning interrupting their budget briefing. In typical showman style […]

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I-581 interchange alert for Elm Avenue commuters

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I-581 interchange alert for Elm Avenue commuters

The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued the following news release: As part of the construction project to improve the Interstate 581/Route 220 Expressway interchange at Elm Avenue in Roanoke, drivers traveling in the area will notice new traffic patterns and lane closures on Elm Avenue and Interstate 581 beginning this week. The contractor will be working from 8 […]

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Commonwealth Transportation Board OKs $3 million for Roanoke culvert

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Commonwealth Transportation Board OKs $3 million for Roanoke culvert

MORE information from Ms. McCarthy added and comment from city manager Chris Morrill: A call from Lynne McCarthy, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at the Department of Rail and Public Transportation just now confirmed that the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted and approved $3 million dollars or half of the cost for replacing the culvert to support the […]

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