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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).

Airport begins another round of growth

Being one of the most efficient airports in the world requires staying ahead of the curve, especially in one of the country’s fastest-growing regions.

Richmond International Airport is continuing to be a leader in development in Eastern Henrico, with planned expansions and improvements on its 300,000 acres to accommodate future business and passenger needs. It was recently named the second-most efficient mid-sized airport internationally by the Air Transport Research Society.

AAA Mid-Atlantic launches ‘Smart Driver Challenge’ web quiz

When is it ok to go through a yellow light? What are you supposed to do when an emergency vehicle passes you with sirens blaring? Why is it bad to tailgate, other than annoying your fellow drivers?

How would you score if you had to take your written driver’s test today? The AAA Mid-Atlantic Smart Driver Challenge will help you find out just how much know and whether you need to refresh your skills.

Virginia woman stopped at RIC with loaded gun

A Virginia woman was stopped by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport on July 18 at 7 a.m. after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected a loaded gun in the woman’s carry-on bag. The incident marks the second time this year that TSA detected a gun in a passenger’s carry-on at the RIC checkpoint.

TSA contacted the Richmond International Airport Police Department who responded and confiscated the .38 caliber handgun, loaded with 6 rounds. The woman, who was originally ticketed to fly to Philadelphia was arrested on a state charge. There was no impact to airport operations.

Airport to conduct emergency exercise Saturday morning

Eastern Henrico residents and motorists who will be driving in the vicinity of Richmond International Airport (RIC) Saturday morning June 15 are advised that an emergency test is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airports are to conduct full-scale tests of their Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) every three years. Such drills not only test the AEP, but also create a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual incident.

Airport reopens following evacuation

UPDATED: 10:15 A.M. – Shortly before 10 a.m. today, Richmond International Airport reopened to travelers, following a period of nearly four hours during which the airport was evacuated following reports of a phone threat.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials responded to the airport shortly after 6 a.m. after the threat was deemed serious enough to clear the airport.

New Huguenot Bridge to open May 28

Workers affix a railing to the new Huguenot Bridge earlier this spring. (Photo courtesy VDOT)
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) expects the remaining half of the new Huguenot Memorial Bridge to open to all traffic Tuesday, May 28, weather permitting. The opening would come three months ahead of schedule, according to VDOT officials.

The new bridge is wider than the old bridge and includes one 12-foot travel lane and one 10-foot shoulder in each direction. The wider shoulders will function as both an emergency breakdown lane and an area for cyclists to safely use the bridge. In addition, there will be a 5-foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.

“The contractor, localities and VDOT have been committed since day one to keep this project on schedule,” said District Administrator Tom Hawthorne. “We’re pleased those efforts have resulted in the bridge opening three months ahead of schedule.”

Transportation board, commissioner approve contracts for Henrico work

In March and April, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner of Highways Greg Whirley approved several contracts affecting Henrico County.

The CTB issued a contract to American Infrastructure - VA Inc. of Glen Allen for $7.7 million to mill and pave various sections of I-95 south between mile marker 94 in Hanover County and Parham Road (mile marker 83) in Henrico County; work began recently and will be completed in November.

Southwest to arrive Nov. 3

UPDATED: 12:45 P.M. – It was, perhaps, only a formality, but today's announcement that Southwest Airlines will begin serving Richmond International Airport Nov. 3 with daily flights to Orlando still was cause for celebration at the airport.

"It's been a long time coming," airport spokesman Troy Bell told the Citizen. "We, of course, are thrilled. We're very happy for the community. It's great news and one more important step."

Southwest, which acquired AirTran Airways in 2011 and finalized that transaction early last year, had announced in January 2012 that it would eventually enter the Richmond market as part of that acquisition. (AirTran has served Richmond since 2005.)

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