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GRTC seeks advisory group members


GRTC Transit System is starting a volunteer advisory group, the GRTC Transit System Advisory Group (TAG) to make recommendations for solutions to problems that are identified.

Members of the public are invited to apply for one of 10 spots in the group, which will meet four times a year. In addition to three at-large members, two members will be selected from Henrico, along with two from Richmond, two from Chesterfield and one from Petersburg.

Southwest Airlines coming to RIC

The wait is over: Southwest Airlines is coming to Richmond International Airport.


Southwest and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, announced today that existing AirTran operations at 22 domestic and international airports – including Richmond – will be converted to Southwest during the coming months. Southwest purchased AirTran in May 2011 and began evaluating the markets it served to determine which ones would convert to Southwest after the merger.

The announcement is good news for the Richmond region, which has sought Southwest's entry for years. The airline flies to a larger number of markets than AirTran or Richmond's other low-cost carrier, JetBlue. Its arrival is viewed as a major victory for the region, because it will help keep rates of other airlines lower while providing better access to and from the region nationwide.

North Gaskins Road lane closures planned, beginning Jan. 23

Water main repairs will require southbound North Gaskins Road between Patterson Avenue and Derbyshire Road to be reduced to one lane of traffic, beginning Monday, Jan. 23, according to the Henrico County Department of Public Utilities.

VDOT public information meeting on Springfield Road planned for Dec. 13

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13 to gather the community’s input regarding the two mile stretch of Springfield Road (Route 157) between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County prior to beginning an improvement study. This study will determine whether cost-effective improvements can be made to the existing road to improve safety and reduce congestion or if a new, alternate roadway should be constructed.

Accident topples overhead sign onto I-64

An SUV driven by a South Carolina man ran off the road on Interstate I-64 in Eastern Henrico County this evening and struck the support pole for an overhead sign, toppling the sign into eastbound travel lanes of the interstate at mile marker 197.

VDOT 6-year program input sought

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton and local members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will host a meeting in Richmond Nov. 30 for the public to provide input on the development of the Six-Year Improvement Program for fiscal years 2013-2018. The program includes multimodal highway, rail and public transportation initiatives.

The meeting will be held at the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) central office auditorium, 1221 E. Broad
Street in Richmond, beginning at 6 p.m.

Bridge replacement work scheduled this week

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled several days of work related to bridge replacement along I-95 in Henrico County and Richmond. Traffic delays should be expected during the coming week at the following dates and times:

Vision Airlines announces $29 fares to Grand Bahama Island

Vision Airlines announced today that it is offering $29 fares each-way (plus taxes & fees) to Grand Bahama Island from Richmond. The discounted fares are limited, not available on all flights and can only be booked through the company's website, http://www.visionairlines.com or by calling 1-877-FLY-A-JET (1-877-359-2538). The discount expires Nov. 2; travel must be completed by 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2011.

DMV sets up mobile office in Henrico

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles established a DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center in Henrico today to serve customers.

Two DMV locations in Henrico – the centers at 9237 Quioccasin Road and 5517 South Laburnum Avenue – are closed today because of the effects of Hurricane Irene.

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