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Nutmeg State Transportation Report Ep.17 Zero Emission Truck Study

In episode 17 of the Nutmeg State Transportation Report, we are here to focus on an issue related to energy and the environment: electric trucks. Why? Because the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) just published a new report titled Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Zero Emission Trucks. Here today to discuss this study is Jeff […]

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ATRI unveils top five research areas for 2022

From Transport Topics. The American Transportation Research Institute unveiled its top five research areas for 2022 at American Trucking Associations’ annual Mid-Year Management Conference May 16. During a wide-ranging panel discussion, ATRI President and Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Brewster said ATRI decided on these items after hearing from the institute’s Research Advisory Committee, which is […]

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Acting FMCSA Chief Robin Hutcheson says truck parking a top issue

From Transport Topics. The acting head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said her agency and trucking are in alignment on top issues confronting the industry, and pledged to work collaboratively with fleets to address them. “There is so much we are working on together,” Robin Hutcheson said during an address to the more […]

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Soaring fuel prices leave owner-operators with tough choices

From Freight Waves. Avery Vise, vice president, trucking for transport consultancy FTR, has some advice for owner-operators struggling with a massive spike in diesel fuel prices and plunging spot market rates: “There are good reasons to sell your truck and become a company driver,” Vise said. Under the circumstances, it wouldn’t be surprising if some […]

Save the Date: MTAC Annual Meeting Oct. 13

MTAC is excited to announce that we will hold our Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. As usual, it will include educational sessions, exhibit space, and a catered dinner. Be on the lookout […]

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Industry leaders raise concern about proposed EPA NOx rule

From Transport Topics. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing its first new rules governing heavy-truck nitrogen oxide emissions in two decades, but engine manufacturers say the proposals would be difficult to meet and counterproductive because they could slow the move to cleaner technology. EPA is proposing two options for reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx), which include […]

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China’s port lockdowns threaten domestic trucking

From Transport Topics. China locking down key port cities because of a new outbreak of the coronavirus could have serious ramifications for trucking in the United States. “We are seeing a slowdown in cargo volume due to COVID-19 shutdowns in Shanghai,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero told Transport Topics. “We would expect […]

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Diesel fuel is in short supply as prices surge — Here’s what that means for inflation

From CNBC. Diesel prices are surging, contributing to inflationary headwinds due to the fuel’s vital role in the American and global economy. Tankers, trains and trucks all run on diesel. The fuel is also used across industries including farming, manufacturing, metals and mining. “Diesel is the fuel that powers the economy,” said Patrick De Haan, […]

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EV infrastructure vulnerabilities put cars, the grid at risk

From Route-Fifty. Electrifying the nation’s vehicles and transportation infrastructure exposes drivers and cities to new risks. If cybercriminals hack into electric vehicles, they could not only penetrate the vehicle itself, but also compromise the entire connected infrastructure — including charging stations, electrical grids, back office utilities and the cloud, according to experts at NextGov’s May […]

MTAC 2022 Legislative Recap

The 2022 legislative session has ended, and below is a recap of the legislative issues MTAC worked on this year. Please contact MTAC’s Joe Sculley directly with any questions. SB 4 – An Act Concerning the Connecticut Clean Air Act This was a large bill designed to reduce carbon emissions by expanding public and private […]