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« Reply #525 on: September 12, 2012, 12:50:26 PM »

Admittedly, I don't know. His letter didn't mention an alternative, but, living in his district, I may contact his office to see if he indeed has one. A search of his challenger, Ella Ward, turned up no statements on the issue at all. The same goes for George Allen's opponent, Tim Kaine. The article said the FHWA is expected (by VDOT) to reply by the 21st of this month, so if the proposal is rejected I would imagine alternative funding ideas to surface after that point.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #526 on: September 12, 2012, 02:05:40 PM »

Admittedly, I don't know. His letter didn't mention an alternative, but, living in his district, I may contact his office to see if he indeed has one. A search of his challenger, Ella Ward, turned up no statements on the issue at all. The same goes for George Allen's opponent, Tim Kaine. The article said the FHWA is expected (by VDOT) to reply by the 21st of this month, so if the proposal is rejected I would imagine alternative funding ideas to surface after that point.

Too many politicians (in both parties) seem to regard motor fuel tax rates as a "Third Rail" of politics, and I don't like it.  Note that I don't care for politicians that want to increase the rate and divert the resulting increased revenue to toy train projects, which is what more than a few elected officials in Maryland want to do (and some in Virginia,too).

But even worse is the politician who states he is opposed to any increase in the motor fuel tax rate, and then asserts that the shortfall can be made up with tolls, but then opposes tolls, or comes up with watered-down tolling proposals like this one.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #527 on: September 16, 2012, 10:39:25 PM »

VDOT wants to lower the speed limit on part of US 460 in Prince George County from 55 to 50.
http://www.progress-index.com/news/vdot-recommends-dropping-speed-limit-on-u-s-460-in-pg-county-1.1373711

The article doesn't mentioned when this would be implemented.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #528 on: September 17, 2012, 12:35:49 AM »

Actually the article states at the end that it would probably be implemented by the end of October. 

My thought on the situation is this:  How is US 460 in Prince George County any less deadly than the same undivided road in Isle of Wight County?  Last I checked US 460 was basically 100% undivided from New Bohemia to Downtown Suffolk.  From looking at VDOT traffic estimates traffic along the corridor until Suffolk is fairly the same.  I just don't understand why only my county is making a huge deal about this just because the most deadly wrecks have been in my county when the whole corridor has the same safety issues.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #529 on: September 17, 2012, 07:48:48 AM »

Actually the article states at the end that it would probably be implemented by the end of October.
I see that now. Yesterday was a long day :ded:

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My thought on the situation is this:  How is US 460 in Prince George County any less deadly than the same undivided road in Isle of Wight County?  Last I checked US 460 was basically 100% undivided from New Bohemia to Downtown Suffolk.  From looking at VDOT traffic estimates traffic along the corridor until Suffolk is fairly the same.  I just don't understand why only my county is making a huge deal about this just because the most deadly wrecks have been in my county when the whole corridor has the same safety issues.

I agree with that sentiment. VDOT should either be recommending to implement this on the entire stretch or just leave it alone. Once the bypass is finally built there would (theoretically) be less traffic on that stretch anyway.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #530 on: September 18, 2012, 08:47:19 AM »

Here is a Progress-Index article from April 2011 on the subject:

http://progress-index.com/news/report-cutting-u-s-460-speed-limit-wouldn-t-boost-safety-1.1132056

Here VDOT states that it would be better to add signs and police presence than lowering the speed limit(along with flashing yellow lights at the Enterprise Drive(SR 657) intersection(the entrance to the Food Lion Distribution Center).  From what I see lowering the speed limit is more just a "reaction" move than a move for safety.

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #531 on: September 18, 2012, 09:13:08 AM »

From what I see lowering the speed limit is more just a "reaction" move than a move for safety.

Or perhaps a revenue enhancement feature?
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #532 on: September 18, 2012, 09:20:47 AM »

From what I see lowering the speed limit is more just a "reaction" move than a move for safety.

Or perhaps a revenue enhancement feature?

To its great credit, dollars paid in by persons found guilty of breaking most (state) traffic laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia go to the literacy fund, which buys school textbooks and library books, and obviously does not benefit law enforcement for issuing the summons.

Strangely, this does not apply if a driver is charged with breaking a local traffic law (being a "Dillon Rule" state, I cannot for the life of my understand how Virginia allows its political subdivisions to enact local traffic laws).  Maryland, which usually allows its local governments much more authority to enact laws than Virginia does, expressly forbids local governments from enacting local traffic ordinances (every ticket issued for a "moving" violation is for violating state law).
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #533 on: September 20, 2012, 04:46:36 PM »

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #534 on: September 20, 2012, 05:43:08 PM »

From what I see lowering the speed limit is more just a "reaction" move than a move for safety.

Or perhaps a revenue enhancement feature?

How does lowering a speed limit necessarily cause a net increase in fines?  Or a net increase in tickets handed out, given that the infinitessimal percentage of tickets given out could just as easily decrease?
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #535 on: September 20, 2012, 07:10:17 PM »

From what I see lowering the speed limit is more just a "reaction" move than a move for safety.

Or perhaps a revenue enhancement feature?

How does lowering a speed limit necessarily cause a net increase in fines?  Or a net increase in tickets handed out, given that the infinitessimal percentage of tickets given out could just as easily decrease?

People will still want to drive at the old limit. Or faster than the new even-lower artificially-set limit.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #536 on: September 20, 2012, 09:06:08 PM »

From what I see lowering the speed limit is more just a "reaction" move than a move for safety.

Or perhaps a revenue enhancement feature?

How does lowering a speed limit necessarily cause a net increase in fines?  Or a net increase in tickets handed out, given that the infinitessimal percentage of tickets given out could just as easily decrease?

People will still want to drive at the old limit. Or faster than the new even-lower artificially-set limit.

??? What "old limit" and "new even-lower artificially-set limit" are you referring to?


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Re: Virginia
« Reply #537 on: September 20, 2012, 09:32:07 PM »

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #538 on: September 20, 2012, 10:20:00 PM »

The one mentioned here.

OK ... lowering a speed limit from 55 to 50 won't necessarily lead the police to issue more tickets than before, given that the infinitessimal percentage of tickets given out could just as easily decrease.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #539 on: September 21, 2012, 01:19:06 PM »

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #540 on: September 25, 2012, 08:00:07 AM »

[This might also fit in the new Transit forum, but for now I am posting it here, because it is about Virginia]

WTOP Radio: Long-term plan envisions light rail, bus rapid transit
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #541 on: September 28, 2012, 01:41:53 PM »

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« Reply #542 on: September 30, 2012, 09:19:11 AM »

Hey, somewhere south of Petersburg along I-95, I saw a clearing along a railroad track that crossed underneath I-95. Is this part of some proposed local commuter railroad/rapid transit initiative, or is there some freight spur being planned there or what?

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« Reply #543 on: September 30, 2012, 11:01:44 AM »

Hey, somewhere south of Petersburg along I-95, I saw a clearing along a railroad track that crossed underneath I-95. Is this part of some proposed local commuter railroad/rapid transit initiative, or is there some freight spur being planned there or what?

I saw nothing on the Web site of the Petersburg-Area Metropolitan Planning Organization which would lead me to believe that there is any commuter rail planned for that part of the world (as far as I know, there is no commuter rail service running (or planned) in the Commonwealth of Virginia south of Fredericksburg).
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« Reply #544 on: September 30, 2012, 04:36:01 PM »

Hey, somewhere south of Petersburg along I-95, I saw a clearing along a railroad track that crossed underneath I-95. Is this part of some proposed local commuter railroad/rapid transit initiative, or is there some freight spur being planned there or what?

I saw nothing on the Web site of the Petersburg-Area Metropolitan Planning Organization which would lead me to believe that there is any commuter rail planned for that part of the world (as far as I know, there is no commuter rail service running (or planned) in the Commonwealth of Virginia south of Fredericksburg).

I'm not sure where that crossing is, but as someone who lives in central Virginia, I can assure that no commuter rail systems are proposed in the Richmond-Petersburg area.  Light rail has been talked about for Richmond, but no formal studies have been conducted.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #545 on: October 02, 2012, 02:09:33 AM »

Hey, somewhere south of Petersburg along I-95, I saw a clearing along a railroad track that crossed underneath I-95. Is this part of some proposed local commuter railroad/rapid transit initiative, or is there some freight spur being planned there or what?
If the clearing is along one side of the tracks, it could be for high voltage power lines in that area.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #546 on: October 02, 2012, 07:48:23 AM »

Hey, somewhere south of Petersburg along I-95, I saw a clearing along a railroad track that crossed underneath I-95. Is this part of some proposed local commuter railroad/rapid transit initiative, or is there some freight spur being planned there or what?
If the clearing is along one side of the tracks, it could be for high voltage power lines in that area.

Though the demand for new high-voltage transmission capacity in the eastern part of the PJM Interconnection grid (which covers nearly all of Virginia) runs much more east-west, from coal-fired generation in West Virginia and the Ohio River valley to load centers roughly along I-95.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #547 on: October 03, 2012, 12:08:02 AM »

WTOP Radio: Federal court reviews use of toll money for Dulles rail

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« Reply #548 on: October 03, 2012, 12:33:57 PM »

Well, just so some of you get the idea, these tracks are north of Wagner Road and south of US 460.

The clearing is on both sides of the tracks, but wider on the north side.

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #549 on: October 03, 2012, 03:28:15 PM »

There's a depot there on the east side of I-95. My best guess is that the clearing may be for extra track space if ever needed.
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