Foxx Urges Congress Not to Press "Snooze Button" on Highway Trust Fund Problems
Washington, July 21, 2014 -- While it looks like the $10.6 billion patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund operational will pass the Senate this week and soon become a short term fix, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress not to push the snooze button and forget about the underlying problem until next May. Foxx was speaking at the National Press Club.
“America needs more than an incremental adjustment,” he said, referencing a now passed House bill that would provide $10.6 billion to keep the Fund solvent until next May. “We need a transportation reset and it’s gotta be big.”
Foxx pointed out that "The system depends on certainty, and the patch will not help". He added that we cannot allow our politics to screw up a system that was given to use in good faith by previous generations."
The Transportation Secretary said that in the current situation, underinvestment in highways seems normal, and each short-term patch “drives another nail into the idea that the U.S. is going to solve its transportation problems.”
“Washington is starting to make the most practical answers to these questions seem impractical and the most impractical answers seem practical,” he said.
Alt Fuels Colorado
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant Program Workshop -- Thornton, CO
The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) invites you to join them for a grant workshop introducing Alt Fuels Colorado on July 31. This four-year, $15 million funding initiative will offer grant opportunities for both public- and private-sector fleets looking to transition to natural gas, propane and electric vehicles.
Public and Private Fleets
Eligible fleets must operate primarily in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, parts of Larimer, parts of Weld, parts of El Paso, or parts of Teller Counties.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
7:30AM - 11:30AM
Adams 12 Conference Center
1500 East 128th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80241
STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS
For more information, please contact Kate Ruygrok at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 629-5450 ext.290.
Highlights from the 2014 Colorado Truck Driving Championships
The Colorado Motor Carriers Association and its Safety Management Council hosted the 50th Annual Colorado Truck Driving Championships on May 31st, 2014 at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton, Colorado. More than 100 of the state’s best truck drivers competed to earn the title of State Truck Driving Champion, and with it, the right to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships.
Drivers competed in one of 9 classes – step van, straight truck, 3 axle van, 4 axle van, 5 axle van, tank truck, flatbed, sleeper truck and twin trailers. The competition is made up of three sections: written test (knowledge of the industry, safety and regulations); pre-trip inspection (must find planted defects on vehicle); and precision driving through a skills course.
In order to be eligible to compete, drivers must be accident free for one year prior to the event. This year’s drivers accumulated more than 280 million accident-free miles in their careers.
In addition to the nine class champions, awards were presented for Grand Champion, Rookie of the Year and High Team Score. The Leo Wozniak Award was also presented to the driver that best represented safe, professional driving.
Here is the Complete List of Final Standings.
The top driver in each of the 9 classes will go on to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburg, PA, August 13-16, 2014.
Additionally, CMCA teamed up with Christmas Crusade for Children to gather nearly 100 toys for the upcoming holiday season, and raised nearly $400 with a Dunk Tank (Greg Fulton pictured below) Fundraiser to support the Colorado State Patrol Foundation.
Idaho Increasing Speed Limits on Some Rural Interstates
The idaho Transportation Board has approved a plan to jump the speed limits on selected rural sections of Interstates in Southern and Eastern Idaho.
The maximum speed for trucks will increase to 70 mph starting in early August. Urban areas will not see speed increases but some sections of I-90 might see a speed jump after further review.