Transportation Solutions

Transportation Solutions

As high gas prices, traffic congestion, strain on the state budget and concerns about pollution prompt widespread calls for change, PEC supports a new transportation vision for Virginia. 

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

Western Bypass Shelved

Big things are happening, or rather not happening, with the costly Western Bypass of U.S. Route 29 just north of Charlottesville. We’re enthusi­astic to report that the ineffective project has come to a halt, and we’re hoping this time it will be a permanent road block. With the Bypass off the table, we can finally get to work on fixing Route 29 for the majority of its travelers. Read More

What is a Comprehensive Plan, and Why Should We Care?

Six of PEC’s nine counties are in the process of updating their Comprehensive Plans, or will be doing so soon. It can be easy to tune out these updates, but revisions to the ‘Comp Plan’ can mean drastic changes to the look, feel, and functionality of your county, town, and day-to-day life. This is because the Comp Plan is the community’s most important document regarding land use, growth, development, transportation, and resource utilization. Read More

More on Transportation

  • Jul 24, 2014

    This is Big!

    The opening of the Silver Line on Saturday is a major event that is an important step towards a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don't quite work -- too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space. The community's investment in the Silver Line presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve our travel and commutes, restore air and water quality, enhance our ability to preserve the rural economy and ultimately, transform the quality of life in communities along the new Metro line and in the region as a whole.This text was taken from an email sent out on July 24, 2104. Read More
  • Feb 25, 2014

    Save the Waterloo Bridge!

    Photo by C. Hanchey The Waterloo Bridge is a valuable piece of the history of Culpeper and Fauquier Counties that was recently closed to traffic by the Virginia Department of Transportation due to safety concerns. Let VDOT and our County leaders know that this historic bridge should be rehabilitated and remain open for vehicle traffic. Sign the Petition... Read More
  • Sep 19, 2013

    Sacrificing History... For What?

    Often environmentalists are told that we just 'say no' to things. To which I would argue -- saying 'no' to a bad idea is a very important part of what we do. But it's not all we do. At The Piedmont Environmental Council we also strive to put forward constructive alternatives. That's why it's so frustrating to see the Virginia Department of Transportation, led by Sean Connaughton, make mega-projects like the Outer Beltway and Charlottesville Bypass its highest priority. Despite great arguments against both projects -- fiscal, environmental, common sense arguments -- and plenty of alternatives, VDOT is charging ahead. This text is from an email alert sent out on September 19, 2013: Read More
  • Feb 08, 2013

    New Transportation Bill, Same Wasteful Spending?

    Twenty days left. We had some good news from the General Assembly last week with the withdrawal of this year's uranium mining legislation, but it's going to be a few weeks before we can savor that win. Now, all eyes have turned to transportation. The Republicans and Democrats have different ideas in the works -- but there's one thing they agree on -- new transportation legislation will be passed and they are asking for a lot more money to put towards new mega-projects. Read from our February 8th email alert. Read More
  • Jan 14, 2013

    Governor Disbanding the Rt. 50 Task Force?

    [1/12/13] The Rt. 50 traffic calming project is nearing the end of its implementation, but there is still important work to be done -- a retrofit of the Gilberts Corner Roundabouts and implementation of traffic calming measures in Middleburg. Given the project is not yet completed, it is disturbing to hear (as we did late this week), that the McDonnell Administration may be taking steps to disband the Rt. 50 Task Force... Read more from our January 2013 email alert: Read More
  • Jul 05, 2012

    Future Of The Silver Line

    Extending rail service to Loudoun County is about more than transportation. WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi explores the political and societal aspects of the Silver Line (with commentary by PEC President, Chris Miller!). Listen GuestsChris Miller -- President, The Piedmont Environmental Council Martin Di Caro -- Transportation Reporter, WAMU Geary Higgins -- Member, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Read More
  • May 15, 2012

    Virginia's Six-Year Plan for Transportation

    If you've ever wondered what roads will be built or what new transit options are going to exist in the near term --The Commonwealth Transportation Board has released its working draft of Virginia's Six-Year Improvement Program for comments, due by Friday, May 18, 2012.The recently released draft plan covers 2013-2018 and it includes all of the proposed highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state -- with a total associated cost of $10.6 billion. Read More

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