Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives.
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Airport’s Bell receives Virginia Department of Aviation award


Troy Bell, Richmond International Airport's director of marketing and air service development, recently received the 2017 Virginia Department of Aviation Person of the Year Award, in recognition of his contributions to marketing and communications, air service expansion, and state and local tourism initiatives on behalf of the Capital Region Airport Commission.
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Henrico seeks input on transit

Citizens may weigh in on short-, long-term future of bus service

Should public transit service in Henrico be designed primarily to serve the people most likely to use it?

Or should it be available to a broad geographic portion of the county, even if many of those areas don't produce many riders?
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United to begin nonstop service from RIC to Denver


United Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop service between Richmond International Airport and Denver International Airport April 5. United will operate the Richmond-Denver flights with 76-seat Embraer EMB 175 aircraft.

“United’s new daily service to Denver provides customers from throughout Virginia’s Capital Region convenient access to Colorado’s largest city and home to one of United’s largest hub airports,” said Kellie Clough, United’s sales manager in Richmond. “We are proud to offer our customers numerous opportunities to visit Denver and make easy connections to cities throughout the western United States.”
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TSA Pre-check expands to include some RIC passengers


The Transportation Security Administration this week announced the expansion of TSA Pre-check program to include eligible customers of Allegiant, which operates out of Richmond International Airport.

TSA Pre-check is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to have an efficient screening experience at more than 150 U.S. airports. For TSA Pre-check travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts.
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Pocahontas Parkway tolls to increase on Jan. 4, 2016


Tolls on Pocahontas Parkway will rise to $4 at the Main Plaza and to $2.25 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points, beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

The toll increase is in accordance with the applicable schedule of permitted toll increases approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2006.

Tolls on the Parkway last were raised three years ago, in January 2013, with a top price of $3.25 at the Main Plaza and $1.50 at the secondary toll points.
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Allegiant to launch new flights from RIC to Orlando area

Allegiant has announced it is expanding its flights from Richmond with new service to Orlando/Sanford beginning April 14.

The nonstop flights will operate twice weekly between Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).

Since debuting in Richmond in February 2015, Allegiant has flown more than 10,000 local travelers to experience Florida. Orlando / Sanford will become the second destination served by Allegiant from Richmond, adding to existing nonstop service to Tampa / St. Pete.
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More than 1.3 million Virginians expected to travel for Thanksgiving


More than 1.3 million Virginians will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday away from home in 2015, according to projections from AAA Travel. That represents a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from last year. Nationwide, AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29.

Virginia roads will be especially busy over the holiday period with 1.2 million expected to drive to their holiday feast, a slight decrease of 0.3 percent over last year.
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Richmond man caught trying to bring loaded gun through TSA checkpoint


A Richmond man was arrested on a state weapons charge after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Sept. 27 when the TSA officers detected a loaded handgun in one of the man’s carry-on bags.

TSA officers detected the handgun, a .380 caliber semi-automatic, loaded with 13 rounds including one in the chamber, in the man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.
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RIC achieves green certification


Richmond International Airport (RIC) recently received certification as a Virginia Green Travel Partner, joining more than 275 hotels, restaurants, and attractions certified by the Virginia Green Travel Alliance.

Among examples of on-going sustainability measures at RIC are the recent introduction of 56 recycling containers around the terminal complex; water-conserving sensors on bathroom fixtures in the terminal; the replacement of aging diesel parking shuttles with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark shuttles to reduce noise and tailpipe emissions; and the building and maintenance of a 246-acre wetlands facility in New Kent County to serve as compensatory mitigation for airport development projects.
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Traffic patterns to shift near RIR this weekend

Drivers should use caution as NASCAR races return

Traffic patterns will temporarily be altered on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Sept. 10-12 to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially on Saturday before and after the race from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR.
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Virginia Capital Trail nears completion in Eastern Henrico


The Virginia Capital Trail, which will connect Virginia's past and present capitals across 52 miles (including along Route 5 in Varina) is one step closer to completion. Demolition crews are finishing the removal of silos at the Lehigh Cement site on the James River, just west of Rocketts Landing in the city.

The demolition of the site makes way for a portion of the path and brings VDOT and contractors closer to completing the trail. The goal from the beginning has been to have the trail completed by the UCI World Biking Championships, which will begin Sept. 19.
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No one injured during fiery morning wreck on I-295

UPDATE: JUNE 30, 12:02 P.M. – No one was injured during a fiery two-tractor trailer accident on Interstate 295 North near the Pocahontas Parkway in Varina this morning.

Henrico Fire units responded to the scene near mile marker 25 on I-295 North at 8:19 a.m. and found both tractor trailers off the road and down an embankment, with one on fire.
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RIC sets all-time record for April passenger count


Richmond International Airport had a record-breaking April. The airport reported that its total passenger count last month of 300,491 surpassed the previous record for April of 298,209, set in 2007.

“Richmond International Airport is pleased to see the trend of increased passenger traffic continue,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president and CEO. “RIC has become the airport of choice for many travelers throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region because the airport offers convenient and affordable air service options, and provides customers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience.”

RIC saw a 3.7 percent increase in total passengers versus the same period a year ago.
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GRTC debuts new fare boxes


GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.

Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.

Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782).
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