On August 20th, the Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), staffed by the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC), adopted the Route 58 West Access Management Study. The study advances a series of recommendations to improve safety and functionality along the U.S. Route 58 corridor in the City of Danville and […]
If rapidly emerging technologies + COVID have taught us anything about life in the U.S., it’s that the only constant is change, and sometimes very rapid change. This observation applies now more than ever to the last-mile distribution of goods shaped by the increasingly vast eCommerce industry. To clarify the […]
In early October, the West Piedmont Complete Streets Coalition re-engaged after an approximate two-year hiatus. Unlike past years, when the Coalition met in the office of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, this meeting was held virtually, via video conference. On this virtual platform, the Coalition worked to catch up […]
Danville MPO’s 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Places Greater Emphasis on Multimodal and Innovative Improvements
On August 20th, the Policy Board of the Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted the Danville MPO 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. This plan, an update of the 2040 plan, presents recommended transportation investments in the MPO’s jurisdiction to the year 2045, which includes the City of Danville and the […]
As our nation grappled with how to adapt to COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic, evidence was pointing to a significant shift in how we Americans were getting to work, as well as where we worked. We knew that those who were able to, did work from home, […]
In response to the pandemic, many businesses in central and southwest Virginia found themselves switching to telework – and in doing so, have discovered the benefits of telework for productivity, quality of life, sustainability, and more. Now, businesses wanting to make their telework programs stronger, more flexible, and a better […]
Virginia Breeze Launches Intercity Bus Service Between Martinsville/Danville and Richmond, Washington, D.C.
The highly successful Virginia Breeze intercity bus service, which has operated between Blacksburg and Washington, D.C. since 2017, has expanded to the West Piedmont Planning District. Specifically, the new service, which began Friday, August 7th, serves the cities of Martinsville and Danville in our region.
Beginning in 2019, RIDE Solutions achieved a revolutionary milestone when the TDM (Transportation Demand Management) organization launched its new app, powered by Agile Mile. In addition to enabling users to earn points toward rewards whenever a green trip was logged either by biking, walking, vanpooling, using transit, or teleworking, the […]
Each year, the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) holds a training conference to provide regional planners with training opportunities regarding the latest trends and developments in planning. As one might imagine, this year’s conference is online and divided into four parts throughout the month of July. The first […]
COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we live over these past four months, and with cases continuing to surge in some states, things are certainly not going the way we had hoped early on. How people and goods get around will likely be one impact of COVID-19.