The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) represents and serves the local governments of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro as well as the 11 towns within the Central Shenandoah region.
The CSPDC works with its member jurisdictions, communities and agencies to provide high quality planning, technical assistance and facilitation of services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner. Covering everything from land use planning, transportation, water and waste water utilities, natural resource management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, agritourism to human services, the CSPDC is an invaluable asset to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about the CSPDC, click here.
BRITE Bus, Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro’s transit service, introduced significant improvements to Staunton’s trolley and bus service beginning May 31, 2016. In addition to renaming the Staunton Green Trolley the Downtown Trolley, the changes include extended summer hours, new Saturday service and changes to the Silver Trolley route intended to make transfers to other routes more convenient for riders. Schedules that include pick up and drop off times, and a map of the routes are available by request from the bus drivers, or can be downloaded at www.britebus.org. Questions about these improvements should be directed to BRITE customer service at (540) 943-9302.
BRITE Bus offers fixed-route and on-demand transportation in the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro area. Services are administered by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) with operational recommendations provided by the BRITE Transit Advisory Committee (BTAC).
The Commonwealth Transportation Board May meeting included the review of a list of Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) project awards for FY2017 and a trip to the western portal of the Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel. The project awards list includes full funding to complete the Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, as well as funding for the Glasgow Multi-Use Path and Safe Routes to School projects at Bessie Weller Elementary(Staunton) and Spotswood Elementary (Harrisonburg).
The Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel project is co-sponsored by the City of Waynesboro and Nelson County. For more information, click: HERE.
The Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions will hold its Annual Conference July 27-29, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year’s conference will focus on GO Virginia with keynote addresses from the State’s GO Virginia team. For more information about the VAPDC and the annual conference please go to www.vapdc.org.
When it comes to mosquitos and the transmission of the Zika virus, this summer the CSPDC is helping the Central Shenandoah Health District of the Virginia Health Department “Fight the Bite.” Mosquito season in Virginia runs from May to October, and the Asian tiger mosquito that is found in Virginia can transmit Zika virus. This type of mosquito develops into adults in about 10 days and spends their lives within a two hundred yard area. To date, there have been no local cases of Zika transmission in Virginia, and reducing the risk of local transmission is dependent on limiting person to mosquito contact and controlling the mosquito population. Effective control of this mosquito requires the use of insect repellent and to dump, discard, cover, or treat even the smallest containers of water on your property.
PICK-A-DAY to FIGHT-THE-BITE
This summer, pick one day of the week to empty or change water in outdoor containers to “Fight the Bite.” Download this handy guide to help you identify possible mosquito breeding sites on your property and protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Additional resources can be found at: www.zikava.org. The Virginia Zika State Response Plan can be found HERE.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is offering guided tours of the Claudius Crozet Tunnel the 2nd Saturday of each month during April, May, June, and July. Although the trail is currently closed to the public, these tours offer a rare behind-the-scenes chance to tour this incredible project. The mostly flat 1.3 mile gravel trail ends at the eastern, all rock portal of the Tunnel. From there visitors can experience the cool, moist air and travel a short distance inside the tunnel to examine this historic, engineering marvel.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel (Crozet Tunnel) is located in Afton, Virginia and its restoration has been an ongoing project for Nelson County since 2002. Phase I of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Project was completed in June 2015. This Phase encompassed construction of a parking area and trail head near the old Afton Depot and the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle trail along the original rail bed for approximately 3,400 feet to the East Portal of the 1850's tunnel. Phase II will include restoration of the western portal in Augusta County near Waynesboro.
Tours will begin at 10:00 AM and last approximately two hours. Cost is $10 per person; kids under ten free with a paying adult. For more information or to register, please click HERE.
Around the Region, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission's monthly newsletter is available HERE.