|Trucking group asks CARB to delay on-road rule
A coalition of nearly 100 California companies is asking the state's Air Resources Board to
delay approval of its proposed diesel truck retrofit rule. Members of Driving Toward a Cleaner
California say that delaying the rule will protect truck owners, grocers, contractors and other
businesses, which already are fighting a recessed economy. Commonly referred to as the
retrofit rule, CARB's "in-use on-road diesel truck rule" phases in model-year engine emission
requirements continually for any trucks traveling on state highways. CARB officials are
scheduled to adopt the regulation at their board meeting Dec. 11-12.
|Jury awards victim of Swift driver's crash $23.5 million
A federal jury in Kansas recently awarded one trucker's family more than $20 million for a 2006
accident caused by a Swift driver who tested positive for being under the influence of drugs.
|Massachusetts lawmakers discuss privatizing turnpike
A legislative panel in Massachusetts met Wednesday, Dec. 3, to discuss transportation funding
options, including the possibility of leasing the Massachusetts Turnpike to private investors.
Hearing topics include public-private partnerships, Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to merge
transportation agencies, proposals to increase state fuel taxes and/or Massachusetts Turnpike
tolls, and a review of recommendations made by the state Transportation Finance
|Chicago to lease parking meters to private business
Chicago officials have already leased the Skyway toll road, Midway International Airport and
downtown parking garages to private operators, and now they're privatizing the city's 36,000
|Pennsylvania bill dies; sought to fund roads, bridges without tolls, taxes
The clock has struck midnight on a bipartisan plan in the Pennsylvania House to fund road and
bridge repairs without new taxes or tolls, effectively killing it for the year. It involved rerouting
money that now is used by the State Police from the state's Motor License Fund. The state DOT
controls the Motor License Fund, which is supported by the state's fuel tax, motor vehicle
license and registration fees, as well as other fees. The State Police receive $500 million
annually from the fund.
|Congestion pricing coming to Atlanta
By 2011, highway users in the Atlanta region will have a choice to pay a toll to drive in lanes
being designed to reduce congestion. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a
$110 million grant to implement congestion pricing on 49 miles of Interstate 85, Interstate 75
and Interstate 20.
|Kentucky bills would limit driver distractions
In preparation for the start of the upcoming regular session in Kentucky, lawmakers are
prefiling legislation they are hopeful will wind its way through the statehouse. Two efforts are
intended to reduce driver distractions.
|Iowa tests laser-guided snowplows
Iowa has joined a growing number of states that are trying out a new, high-tech method of
plowing snow. They're using a laser beam that projects a green dot about 60 feet ahead on the
right-hand shoulder, which shows the driver where the so-called "wing plow" is headed.