Lamont readies third transportation improvement plan for the state

From WTNH. Governor Ned Lamont told downstate business leaders he’s got a new, revised, scaled-down transportation improvement plan Monday. First, there was “trucks only tolls,” then, “tolls for all vehicles,” now, we appear to be on the verge of plan number three. Lamont said he’s almost ready to “roll out” a revised transportation improvement plan […]

FMCSA opens registration for CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

From FMCSA. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally mandated Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, employers, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals can now visit and register to create a secure online user account. […]

Transportation & Climate Initiative shares updates on regional low-carbon transportation policy development

From Georgetown Climate Center. Jurisdictions participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) have made available a framework for a draft regional policy proposal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from transportation, and are encouraging interested individuals and organizations to provide feedback on the draft framework through the TCI portal. This high-level framework represents an important […]

Unfinished business piles up at the Connecticut Capitol

From CT Mirror. Since the regular General Assembly session wrapped on June 5, lawmakers have said they’d be back this fall to tackle unfinished business. A legal settlement with the hospital industry and a new state bond package have been on the to-do list since early June. Not long after that, Gov. Ned Lamont made […]

NCCI files annual recommendations

From Insurance Association of Connecticut. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has just filed with the CT Department of Insurance (CTDOI) its annual recommendations for advisory loss costs, assigned risk rates and rating values. According to this filing, NCCI generally recommends the following reductions: “The voluntary advisory loss costs, which are proposed to be […]

U.S. Department of Labor issues final overtime rule

From US Department of Labor. Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay […]

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Bysiewicz pitches transportation plan: low interest federal loans, tolls for bridges

From Yankee Institute. Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz offered a look into Gov. Ned Lamont’s new transportation plan today during a public meeting before the Western Connecticut Council of Governments. The plan involves using low-interest federal loans available through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Act, part of the […]

Feds to brief legislators on transportation funding alternatives

From CT Mirror. With a briefing by federal transportation finance officials, the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to give lawmakers a glimpse Friday of potential ways the state might fund a 10-year transportation infrastructure plan without significant highway tolls. Officials from the Build America Bureau of the U.S. Department of Transportation are coming […]

EPA to strip California’s car emissions authority

From Transport Topics. The Trump administration will announce it is rescinding California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles at an event at the EPA’s Washington headquarters Sept. 18, according to people familiar with the matter. The Environmental Protection Agency intends to announce it will revoke the so-called waiver underpinning California’s power to set […]

Insurers eye safety technologies

From Transport Topics. As the trucking industry grapples with a litigious environment and many motor carriers struggle to manage ever-rising insurance premiums, safety technologies have captured the attention of the insurance industry. Collision mitigation systems, telematics and onboard cameras can help fleets reduce or possibly eliminate costly and catastrophic losses, industry representatives said. Rates and […]