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Foxx Urges Congress Not to Press "Snooze Button" on Highway Trust Fund Problems

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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. 

The National Press Club website has the full text of Foxx's speech.  There is also a video of the speech on TruckingInfo.com.

 
Alt Fuels Colorado
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant Program Workshop -- Thornton, CO

RAQCThe 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.


WHO

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.

WHEN

Thursday, July 31, 2014
7:30AM - 11:30AM

WHERE

Adams 12 Conference Center
1500 East 128th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80241

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS

For more information, please contact Kate Ruygrok at kruygrok@raqc.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.

 
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Training Opportunities

Training BannerCMCA Offers a rich variety of training opportunities for both members and non-members.  The modern CMCA training center in Denver is the location of most seminars.  As demand warrants, CMCA also conducts seminars at other locations around the state.  Take a look at this year's seminars on the training page.

2014 CMCA Convention

2014 Convention

Long one of the favorite hotels in Colorado, the Broadmoor will once again be home for a convention of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.  This will be the 75th. anniversary meeting of the association so expect great things next fall.

The 2014 annual meeting will be held November 6-8, 2014 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

 

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July 22 - Hotsheet Online

This week's Hotsheet has been posted.  It provides weekly news and is emailed to CMCA members a few days before posting on the website.

 
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.

 

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