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House may vote on tolls next week

From The Hour. HARTFORD – House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, on Tuesday predicted there will be a vote on electronic highway tolls next week and acknowledged Republicans will not go along. “I’m not willing to walk away,” Aresimowicz said when asked about the politics of an election year. “Our job is to make difficult decisions […]

ELD related survey shows length-of-haul desirability trends

From Overdrive. The Columbus, Ohio-headquartered Zipline Logistics freight brokerage has been in business about a decade, working mostly with food and beverage brands and suppliers of ingredients and materials as shipper customers. Zipline recently surveyed its carrier network, comprised of both small and comparatively large fleets, about the turn to electronic logging devices made of […]

Carriers, shippers working to meet demand for freight hauling

From Transport Topics. Carriers and shippers are adjusting to an environment where rising freight rates and a driver shortage are bumping up against an expected drop in capacity now that soft enforcement for truck drivers to record their on-duty status using electronic logging devices has ended, compelling the industry to work hard to prevent disruption […]

Mixmaster bridge project could cause new traffic headaches in Waterbury

From the Hartford Courant. The Waterbury Mixmaster — as the junction of Route 8 and I-84 is called — will eventually come down, the governor has said. But before it comes down, it must be propped up: The bridges’ concrete decks are cracking, their steel corroded, and the piers that support them are in need […]

FMCSA assigns CSA severity weights to ELD violations

From TransportTopics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has assigned severity weights to each of about a dozen electronic logging device-related violations that are being recorded on a driver’s or motor carrier’s safety profile score. In a posting earlier this month on the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability website, FMCSA said that any of the ELD-related […]

‘Toll Trolls’ take over capitol as toll debate continues

From NBC Connecticut. Seventy-two “toll trolls” were scattered along the lawn of the Connecticut State Capitol Tuesday morning. The green trolls, each holding a sign resembling an exit on a highway, represented a possible location for a toll along Connecticut highways based on a 3-year-old study commissioned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The Yankee […]

In Legislature, time’s running out for adoption of fiscal panel’s recommendations

From The Day. With just three weeks left in the legislative session, proponents of a plan for stabilizing the state’s economy say down-to-the-wire budget deliberations will include further consideration of some of their recommendations. But it would appear tax reform is unlikely to move forward. In a meeting Tuesday with The Day’s editorial board, Robert […]

FMCSA grants fuel tank drivers 5-year rest-break exemption

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a five-year exemption from the 30-minute rest-break requirement for trucks hauling petroleum products and will allow fuel trucks to operate 12 hours a day without triggering the requirement under certain conditions. FMCSA said that the exemption from the rest-break was granted because fuel-truck drivers “receive […]

Lawmakers still haven’t decided how to tackle Connecticut’s red ink

From CT Mirror. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been warning legislators since early February that their preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year is significantly in deficit. The response he got last week from two budget-writing legislative committees was bipartisan — but less than helpful. The Appropriations Committee failed to meet its deadline to recommend […]

Connecticut Democrats: House will vote on tolls

From CT Post. HARTFORD — Despite Republican opposition, House Democrats see tolls in Connecticut’s near future. Bringing tolls to the state will get a vote in the House before the legislature dismisses May 9, said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, in a Capitol news conference Tuesday morning. “It is my hope it passes, […]