The Transportation Professional

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Capitol Moving and Storage

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited MTAC Chairman Mark Gagnon’s company, Capitol Moving and Storage. At Capitol, a specialized exhibit department dispatches and monitors each shipment by computer, ensuring that it arrives on schedule. They handle corporate moves from international to national relocation to anywhere in the world. In addition, Capitol Moving provides warehouse […]

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IFTA adopts audit ballot

Voting closed Nov. 19 on the proposal to significantly amend the audit and record-keeping rules of the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). IFTA has officially adopted those amendments, effective with audits completed after Jan. 1, 2017. Very quickly, those are: increased flexibility for how motor carriers may produce and maintain their IFTA records; explicit approval […]

Proposal for truck stop in Hopkinton, R.I.

A proposal for a new truck stop in Hopkinton, R.I. – just beyond the Connecticut/Rhode Island border off I-95 – will increase the space available for truck drivers to rest and refuel along I-95 in southern New England. From The Day… A proposed truck stop across the border in Rhode Island would help address a lack of […]

TrucBrush offers 10% discount to MTAC members

MTAC associate member, TrucBrush Corporation, is generously offering MTAC members a 10% discount when purchasing their patented, mobile snow-removal device. TrucBrush is a polypropylene-bristled broom powered by a front-end loader that clears accumulated snow off the tops of trucks, trailers and buses faster, safer and more effectively than other methods. The unit is available for purchase, […]

I-84 Viaduct Project

Public Advisory Committee discusses I-84 viaduct options

The proposed project to replace the two-mile-long stretch of elevated Interstate 84 known as the Hartford viaduct continues to move forward. This week MTAC staff participated in a meeting of the project’s Public Advisory Committee (PAC), a committee of which MTAC is an active member. State officials and consultants working on the project spent a lot […]

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Certified Medical Examiner Changes

There are some upcoming rule changes that will affect Certified Medical Examiners, the drivers they examine, and the FMCSA form required for the examinations. The changes stem from an April 23, 2015 rule published by FMCSA. The rule requires – among other things – that, beginning Dec. 22, 2015, medical examiners will be required to […]

I-84 Hartford Viaduct Replacement

This week, MTAC staff attended multiple meetings regarding the planned replacement of the elevated Interstate 84 Viaduct that runs through Hartford. Replacement and reconstruction of the two-plus mile long stretch of the main highway, and the accompanying on/off ramp bridges connected to that area, is necessary because the elevated highway and on/off ramps have reached […]

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Uniform Registration System postponed

On Oct. 21, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in the Federal Register the postponement and phasing in of its Uniform Registration System (URS). The agency had published the final URS rule in 2013, and the rule has been in the works, more or less, for nearly two decades. When finally in […]

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U.S. House of Representatives passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives passed their highway bill by a 363-64 vote, which means that the bill will now move to a House-Senate conference to resolve differences between the two bills. The U.S. Senate had previously passed a bill that would reauthorize the federal highway program for six years, but that only had three years […]

Final rule expected for Electronic Logging Devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is expected to issue a final rule that will require Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on nearly all commercial trucks that operate in interstate commerce in the near future. The rule is expected to allow for two years of lead time from the date of issuance of the rule, […]