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.
Prior to about mid-March, we at RIDE Solutions had no doubt that our urban centers would continue to grow as important regional employment centers offering a high quality of life. We also had no reason to believe that more collective forms of transportation such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, and bike […]
The Danville MPO Wants Your Input for its Long Range Transportation Plan Through a Fun, Engaging Exercise
The Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), staffed by the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC), is seeking public input for its Long Range Transportation Plan update.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to take my bike to western Franklin County to enjoy all that this part of our region offers to bicyclists. During this era of social distancing, there are not many opportunities to get out, but fortunately bicycling is one of the exceptions. And […]
Many of you have likely heard about the extension of the Dick & Willie Passage Trail which opened in Martinsville/Henry County last fall. Some of you may have biked or walked the trail to see how you like it; most likely you were pleasantly surprised if you had. If you […]
Teleworking/telecommuting has always been one of several program areas RIDE Solutions has promoted to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips. However, our main areas of focus have typically been carpooling and transit (depending on the region you live or work in). Then came COVID-19, and everything changed – at least for the […]