Make safe driving part of your holiday plans

Virginia State Police is encouraging Virginians to make safe driving part of their holiday plans.

Please drive safely in the coming days so that everyone can reach their holiday destinations.

Preliminary data shows that as of December 20th, Virginia has had 76 fewer traffic deaths this year compared to that date in 2022.

Virginia has lost 813 people so far this year in roadway accidents.

If you are planning to attend a party this year, plan ahead.

Designate a sober driver or call a friend or family, call a cab, or use public transportation.

If you know someone who has been drinking, do not let them drive.

Arrange another safe way home.

Remain alert for impaired drivers and do not hesitate to notify law enforcement by dialing #77 to notify your nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center.

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WinTran’s Laurel Ridge Route begins service

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The City of Winchester’s new public transit route to Laurel Ridge Community College began service today.

The bus will stop at five locations between the downtown Winchester Boscawen Street transfer station and the Community College every 70 minutes.

The stops include Bank of Clarke, Braddock Street at Amherst Street, John Handley High School, Shihadeh Innovation Center, and Jubal Early Drive at Apple Blossom Drive.

The Laurel Ridge Route will run throughout the year except for holidays with the first bus leaving at 7:10 am and the final bus returning at 9:10 pm.

All buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with a bike rack.

Winchester Transit would also like to remind all residents that it is free to travel on any WinTran bus to any destination through June 30, 2023.

To view the schedule and stop information, click here.

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CDC list all of LFHD as low COVID-19 Transmission Counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have listed all counties in the Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) as a low COVID-19 transmission rate area.

Under the new guidelines by the CDC of Low, Medium or High transmission rates.

Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren Counties are all listed as low in transmission of COVID-19.

Under the new CDC guidelines this means healthy people who are up to date on vaccinations do not have to wear masks.

Of course anyone is welcome to continue to use a mask if they choose especially those with compromised immune systems.

Masks are also still required on public transportation as well in some public buildings.

The rating of Low for the LFHD comes as new cases of COVID-19 have dropped by 20 percent in recent weeks.

Also the 72 percent of Virginians currently vaccinated has helped to keep the LFHD at its current Low transmission rate.

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The Winfred MPO has launched an online public survey

The Winchester – Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization has launched

an online public survey to gain insights on residents perceptions of transportation needs in the

greater Winchester area. The survey results will inform and guide decision makers as they

prioritize transportation related projects for inclusion in the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation

Plan. The survey can be found at https://winfredmpo.org/project/mtp2045/ and will be

available in both English and Spanish through January 31st.

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ShenGo transit bus service is available today Oct. 4 in Shenandoah County

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The new ShenGo transit bus service launches today Oct. 4.

The new bus service offers transportation from New Market to Strasburg and stops in all towns in between.

The service utilizes Route 11 offering rides for a dollar Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m..

The bus service will have several stops in each town north and south on Route 11.

Their schedule and times are available at shengotransit.com.

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Public transportation is coming to Shenandoah County

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Public transportation is coming to Shenandoah County.

The Shenandoah office of Economic and Community Development along with local governments of New Market, Woodstock, Toms Brook and Strasburg will bring transit service to the region.

The service begins October 4 with a ribbon cutting at the Shenandoah County Government Center Oct. 1 at 2 p.m..

ShenGo Transit will bring reliable bus service to the citizens of Shenandoah County for work, medical appointments and shopping.

The buses will travel along the Rt. 11 corridor 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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