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In support of increasing vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle safety on city streets, the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program (HPCTP) embraces the Vision Zero Action Plan. Though not directly a part of Vision Zero, we felt the following information regarding distracted driving was important enough to bring to the attention of the HPCTP stakeholders, as it relates to the ongoing promotion of traffic safety on our streets. To learn more about information on distracted driving from the National Safety Council, visit the NSC website. AAA has compiled information in to a two page document that gives the facts about cognitive distraction while driving, click to download the fact sheet.
There is an upcoming hearing on Council Member Helen Rosenthal's Intro 880, which will require that diesel fuel-powered school buses use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel that contains five percent biodiesel. The City Council Committee on Environmental Protection will hold a hearing on this bill at 1 pm this upcoming Monday, October 26, in the Committee Room of City Hall. Council Member Rosenthal hopes this bill’s hearing will be an opportunity to talk about all immediately available and potentially soon-to-be-available alternative energy-fueled school buses. It should highlight the need for cleaner fuel in methods of transportation related to our City’s school children. Biodiesel has lower sulfur content and toxicity than diesel, making it more environmentally friendly and less damaging to air quality. A 2001 Department of Energy study found that biodiesel emissions pose substantially lower health risks than diesel emissions. More information can be found in Council Member Rosenthal’s press release from when the bill was publically introduced this past August.
Penske Truck Leasing has created a website for finding publicly accessible fueling stations for heavy-duty alternative fueled vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. The website, AltFuelStations.com, will be updated monthly and there are future plans to include propane fueling stations. The stations listed can provide trucks with either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas fuel.
In February 2014, Mayor de Blasio released the Vision Zero Action Plan. The Vision Zero plan is comprised of dozens of specific initiatives to improve vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian safety on city streets. In support of increasing safety, the HPCTP embraced this important initiative beginning with Round 3 of program funding, and now requires Vehicle Safety Enhancements for all trucks funded going forward. Click here to read the HPCTP announcement.
December 29, 2014 - The HPCTP is on YouTube with a video that highlights the success to date of the program, titled "Alternative Fuels Program by NYC DOT." Click here to see the video.
November 11, 2014 - A year-long study of 250 million online outlets revealed that online conversations start with news and spike when government agencies and industry associations make announcements. The news is passed along through blogs and becomes personal in Facebook and in forums.
July 22, 2014 - The ATA US Freight Transportation Forecast to 2025 predicts further growth not just for trucking industry, but for the entire freight economy, according to ATA chief economist Bob Costello.
July 10, 2014 - Join 415+ of best-of-the-best professional drivers as they compete at the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.
June 30, 2014 - San Jose, Calif.-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has California Energy Commission support to install a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain, including continuously variable transmission, into a Greenkraft natural gas vehicle. The result will be “a first-of-its-kind, Class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits” of compressed natural gas and PHEV technology, EDI says.
March 14, 2014 - The turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91% in the fourth quarter of 2013, but held above 90% for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.
March 14, 2014 - The cost of diesel has increased 3.1 cents from a week ago, the first in three weeks, for an average of $3.904 per gallon, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Department.
March 13, 2014 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule.
March 13, 2014 - For the fourth consecutive year, the Women in Trucking Association and Navistar are highlighting the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry with the Influential Woman in Trucking award.
March 12, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.
March, 2014 - The U.S. Energy Department has revised upward its forecast for fuel prices, according to its latest Short Term Energy Outlook.
March 12, 2014 - The Bronx River Alliance plans to build a new riverside headquarters, to construct a highway for fish and to engage local volunteers in a study of the mysterious migration of eels to the river, speakers at the organization’s annual Winter Assembly at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on March 4 told several dozen supporters.
March 10, 2014 - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has opened its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program for light duty natural gas vehicles as well as other alternative fuels for fiscal 2014-2015, making available approximately $8 million.
March 10, 2014 - A group of dozens of Willets Point auto-body shop owners have signed a lease to move to a Hunts Point warehouse in order to start making away for the planned, but controversial, redevelopment of the neighborhood, according to an organizer for the businesses.
March 5, 2014 - It is now regarded as an “alternative fuel,” but with expert observers predicting an annual 10 percent or greater increase in CNG usage for the beverage business in the years ahead, it may quickly become mainstream. It’s not ideal for fleets that have to travel long distances because of the lack of public fueling stations, but it works well for most delivery-route oriented beverage distributors.
January 27, 2014 - The cost of diesel has increased 3.1 cents from a week ago, the first in three weeks, for an average of $3.904 per gallon, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Department.
January 27, 2014 - UPS plans to have deployed between 900 and 1,000 liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors at more than a dozen locations by August, with Jacksonville, CACH (the firm’s Chicago Area Consolidated Hub) and Tennessee each getting more than 100, according to a company deployment plan.
January 26, 2014 - FedEx Express and Nissan will evaluate the automaker’s new e-NV200, a 100% battery-electric compact cargo vehicle, under real-world conditions in Washington, D.C., the firms said at the Washington Auto Show.
January 6, 2014 - A new venture centered in Hunts Point is asking local residents to sign up so they can buy nutritious food at low cost.
December 30, 2013 - The launching of a partnership between Mott Haven-based Start Small Think Big and the Hunts Point-based Business Outreach Center was celebrated at a Nov. 22 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the BankNote building where the new business will operate.
December 13, 2013 - The neighborhood’s first white-tablecloth restaurant plans to open in a new mall near the Hunts Point Avenue subway stop in the fall of 2015.
December 13, 2013 - The neighborhood’s first white-tablecloth restaurant plans to open in a new mall near the Hunts Point Avenue subway stop in the fall of 2015.
December 11, 2013 - Advocates and businesses rallied at Monsignor del Valle Square at the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard on December 10 to urge Governor Cuomo to build ramps to the food markets.
December 5, 2013 - Two container shipping companies have acknowledged they are in talks about a possible merger that would create the world’s fourth largest such shipping fleet.
December 5, 2013 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has authorized a program to continue a multimillion-dollar upgrade of the road network at the agency’s New Jersey marine terminals.
December 5, 2013 - A new study says the reduction in emissions in the newest clean-diesel engines has exceeded the amount required by law.
December 4, 2013 - Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.
December 4, 2013 - Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education has been awarded a $450,000 grant from one of the city’s top philanthropic organizations, to help equip its performing arts space.
November 25, 2013 - Residents of Stebbins-Hewitt Houses in Longwood have one more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Tenants in the 119-apartment complex on Rev. James A. Polite Avenue are making plans for ways to put their new courtyard to best use. A big Christmas bash tops the agenda.
November 15, 2013 - A Longwood-based health care agency will receive $812,500 in federal grant money over the next five years to continue providing numerous services for Bronx residents. The funding for La Casa de Salud is part of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as Obamacare.
November 11, 2013 - A plan to clean up the lot was the first item on the agenda of the newly-formed environmental committee of Community Board 2 on Nov. 6. For the first time, the board will turn its attention in an organized way to the many environmental problems that afflict Hunts Point—from air pollution to contaminated water and soil to the many waste-handling facilities in the neighborhood.
October 23, 2013 - On Sep. 24, in U.S. District Court, Huntsville, Alabama, Isaac McWilliams and Heronda McWilliams were sentenced for conducting commercial vehicle operations in criminal violation of an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
October 23, 2013 - The logistics security services company, FreightWatch International, reports in the third quarter of the year it recorded a total of 231 thefts in the United States, the same amount as a year ago, but the value of each theft averaged less.
October 23, 2013 - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulations to allow the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities under DEC permits, including truck fueling stations and LNG storage areas.
October 18, 2013 - New York City produces approximately 14 million tons of solid waste every year, and how we transport and process that waste deserves a close look.
October 17, 2013 - Lowe's announced it has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas. Lowe's dedicated fleet at Mount Vernon is among the first serving a major retail distribution center in North America to run solely on natural gas.
October 1, 2013 - Carriers are gradually coming to terms with the effects of the new health care law, and what they must do to comply, according to the Transport Capital Partners Third Quarter Survey.
October 1, 2013 - The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think, said Kipp Coddington, with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter.
September 27, 2013 - Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.
September 19, 2013 - By year's end, 16 new Smith Electric trucks will deliver chilled Odwalla products around the Bay Area. Using electric chillers, the fuel-free fleet is a first and could stoke more interest among cold chain players.
September 13, 2013 - Their commitment to being green is why Monarch Beverage is spending $16.5 million to convert its truck fleet, which operates as E.F. Transit, to clean-burning natural gas. It has 110 tractors, and soon 85 of them will be new natural gas-burners with Cummins Westport ISL G and ISX12 G engines.
September 12, 2013 - Technicians from FedEx Freight finished first, second, third and fourth in the TMC’s annual SuperTech competition that ended Wednesday, with Mark McLean Jr. from New York State named grand champion.
September 12, 2013 - Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.
September 10, 2013 - Volkswagen is introducing two new all-electric cars at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany beginning today. And with the e-Up and e-Golf, VW says, it is “transferring two full-production bestsellers into the era of electric mobility.”
August 9, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $19 million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks.
August 8, 2013 - A harbor seal dubbed “Oakie” makes a brief appearance near the Hunts Point peninsula to sun himself and search for food.
August 6, 2013 - The Casita Maria community group threw a day-long block party, the latest in its series of South Bronx Culture Trail events, to commemorate eight decades of service to Hunts Point and Longwood.
July 31, 2013 - Kevin Beaty, Calstart vice president and director of its High Efficiency Truck Users Forum, shares five suggested steps to take when evaluating alternative fuel technologies.
July 30, 2013 - A panel of representatives from the city’s Environmental Justice Alliance urged hundreds of young people at a presentation in Brooklyn, to ramp up efforts to slow global warming.
July 10, 2013 - More than 28 percent of all trucks registered in the U.S. – 2.5 million of 8.6 million trucks - are now equipped with advanced, new technology clean diesel engines, according to new data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company for the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF).
July 9, 2013 - There are 25,000 open trucking positions across the country and not enough qualified people to fill them, according to the American Trucking Association. Despite unemployment hovering above 7 percent, Americans aren't rushing to join the legions of drivers hauling loads across the land.
July 1, 2013 - Trucking operations generally don’t invest in technology with the sole purpose of becoming “greener.” For most fleets, the decision is prompted by a desire to improve operational efficiencies, customer service and the bottom line.
June 25, 2013 - Residents of the Concourse area, Hunts Point, Harlem and other neighborhoods favored by dirt bike crews know that riders rush to the roads in the warm weather, often speeding, swerving and performing stunts on motorbikes that are not street legal.
June 21, 2013 - Unobstructed views of the awe-inspiring city skyline greet visitors to the roof of The Point Community Development Corporation at the corner of Manida Street and Garrison Avenue. But with the installation of a new green roof, visitors can now marvel at what’s right under their feet.
June 19, 2013 - Generation Y does not have the same infatuation with cars that their parent and grandparents had. Millennials no longer have to depend on cars as much as previous generations so they will be able to make more conscientious choices about the types of vehicles they own and drive. Automakers will need to adjust to these consumers interest in hybrids and other clean cars.
June 18, 2013 - The tenth annual Fish Parade took place on Saturday, June 15th attracting local residents and community groups demonstrating their local pride. There were about 300 attendees of the Fish Parade which included a DJ, photographers and many area residents.
June 12, 2013 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a $20 billion dollar plan with more than 250 recommendations for making New York City more resilient to extreme weather caused by climate change. In the first phase of the Bloomberg plan New York City will install integrated flood protection systems in Hunts Point in the Bronx to protect the Food Distribution Center; on the East Harlem Waterfront along the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive; at Hospital Row north of East 23rd Street in Manhattan; the Lower East Side; Chinatown; the Financial District; and in Red Hook in Brooklyn.
June 6, 2013 - According to AAA, the national average price of diesel at the time of this writing is $3.89 per gallon. Read about the top 5 ways to improve fuel efficiency on the road as the prices of gas and diesel continue to climb.
May 28, 2013 - Associated Produce Inc. joined the fresh produce industry in 2008, and has experienced tremendous growth. In April, the company opened a new division called Associated Produce CASH’n’CARRY, which is located in the company’s newly expanded facility at the same location. Through this new division Associated Produce hopes to provide its customers with a one-stop-shop for all their fresh produce needs.
May 27, 2013 - Farmers in Vermont see a need for New York City to have access to products that have a longer shelf life such as potatoes, grains, honey, apples, beans, and maple syrup, which are all produced in the Champlain Valley because these types of products tend to be chronically under-supplied. Some farmers in Vermont are now working on a sail freight project which will provide them with an opportunity to transport these shelf staple products to the Lower Hudson Valley using hand-made sail boats.
May 22, 2013 - Having grown up in the Bronx, in extreme poverty Erica Hamilton and John Hughes, now run City Year, a program that puts mentors in public school classrooms. For Hamilton and Hughes, education was the key to overcoming the challenges posed by their modest beginnings. They advocate for the City Year program because they know from first-hand experience that these type of initiatives help to provide more opportunities to children.
May 20, 2013 - Want to get a handle on alternative fuels? Talk with someone who uses them. Melvin Rose, fleet manager for Monroe County in western New York, oversees 700 vehicles, from compact cars to Class 8 trucks. All run on ethanol-gasoline blends, biodiesel, compressed natural gas or propane, and Rose loves to talk about them.
May 19, 2013 - The “Hunts Point Heroes” mural, designed by local teenagers and painted on wooden panels installed on the side of the Hyde Leadership Charter School, celebrates people who have dedicated their time to the community throughout the years.
May 17, 2013 - The first mobile market in New York City is coming to the South Bronx by mid-July, selling fresh and affordable food from a nearby farm and possibly other local growers.
May 17, 2013 - Sustainable South Bronx has received a $200,000 grant to create a program to boost recycling in apartment buildings in the area.
May 14, 2013 - Through the Best Agriculture Program, the Sustainable South Bronx is helping to train workers for urban agriculture jobs. This program aims to help area resident develop valuable skills and fill the need for more access to fresh produce in the Bronx.
May 10, 2013 - Martine Fougeron, a photographer, ended up in the sugar-frosted, pineapple-stuffed warm world of Valencia Bakery, a South Bronx institution that has made birthday, baptism and wedding cakes for generations of jubilant Latinos.
May 7, 2013 - Companies like UPS, Wal-Mart, and Waste Management are already switching their fleets to run on the clean fuel. Recently, apparel giant Nike and consumer staple Procter & Gamble announced they will use natural gas to power their fleets.
May 6, 2013 - Ralph Rolle, known for his drumming in the Bronx, started the Soul Snacks Cookie Company in his apartment in 1996 and now operates his own bakery in Port Morris.
May 6, 2013 - Talks between Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market merchants and the city regarding the complex’s lease and its redevelopment have hit a dead end.
May 1, 2013 - At Hyde Leadership Charter School in Hunts Point, students met gold-medalist Gabby Douglas after completing a reading challenge put forth by the school's librarian. The 'Going for the Gold' challenge required students to read 1 million words throughout the school year.
May 1, 2013 - Trucks carried 59.1 percent of the $88.4 billion of freight moved in February 2013 between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
April 16, 2013 - TravelCenters of America plans to roll out a nationwide network of liquefied natural gas fueling lanes through a deal with Shell Oil Company at 100 of the company’s facilities.
April 12, 2013 - The Bronx Brewery is now offering their Bronx Pale Ale in 16-ounce aluminum cans in a six pack at local stores and supermarkets. The aluminum cans feature the company’s logo and were chosen over glass bottles for environmental and economic reasons but most importantly to help preserve the beer’s taste.
April 11, 2013 - Tanya Fields, a food-justice activist was unimpressed with the quality of food available in her neighborhood and has decided to partner with a sustainable upstate farm to transport fresh produce to the area which will be sold from the “Veggie Mobile”. She and her partners will sell the produce on street corners while also educating area residents about the food system and providing jobs.
April 11, 2013 - The MTA is currently testing the Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) bus in Manhattan. A 40 foot 1996 New Flyer was converted to full battery electric operation and can work for 100 miles a day burning no fuel.
April 11, 2013 - The American Clean Skies Foundation’s report entitled, Driving on Natural Gas: Fuel Price and Demand Scenarios for Natural Gas Vehicles to 2025, finds that a transition to natural gas for heavy duty and light duty vehicles over the next decade will have a minimal impact on natural gas prices. The report uses three scenarios to calculate potential natural gas demand and price impacts attributable to natural gas vehicles.
April 10, 2013 - In early April, a representative from the American Trucking Association testified in Capitol Hill, saying that the trucking industry is prepared for the projected increases in freight to come from the expansion of the Panama Canal. However, the US faces challenges related to infrastructure and congestion. The expansion of the canal is expected to be completed in 2015, which has prompted ports across the US to get ready for the influx of economic opportunities offered by this expansion project.
April 5, 2013 - The New Fulton Fish Market in Hunts Point is the largest seafood market in the US where about 200 million pounds of seafood are sold each year totaling about $1 billion per year. At the Fish Market a plethora of fresh seafood is available, representing different parts of the world including Iceland, Ecuador, Japan, Green, Scotland and New Zealand.
April 4, 2013 - Sean Barrett, a restaurateur and Rita and Rudy Bonicelli have launched a community fishery farm where members buy shares in future fish harvests. The concept of community-supported fisheries is popular in other parts of the US and the Dock to Dish founders hope that it will also gain traction in New York.
April 4, 2013 - A coalition of nongovernmental groups has drafted a list of policies and projects which should help to minimize the impact suffered by people affected by Superstorms in the region. The Sandy Regional Assembly is a coalition of about 40 organizations in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey calling for improvements to the areas infrastructure, which will stimulate the local economy and help improve emergency preparedness.
March 30, 2013 - Trees offer many benefits including providing shade, cleaning the air and some produce nutritious edible fruit. On Saturday, March 30th, trees were given away for free by the New York Restoration Project which hopes to encourage area residents to beautify their backyards and other shared spaces in the neighborhood.
March 28, 2013 - Robert Woolf of Leland, North Carolina was recently named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping a man who was involved in a car accident to avoid possible spinal injuries. Woolf witnessed the accident, phoned 911 for help, and held the man’s neck in place until an ambulance arrived on the scene to provide medical assistance.
March 27, 2013 - Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has been using livestock waste to create enough natural gas to fully power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a gift shop and a 4D movie theater. The farm is now also powering 42 tractor-trailers that make dairy runs to raw milk processing plants in neighboring states. Officials from the Department of Energy have called the operations at Fair Oaks Farms a “pacesetter” for the dairy industry and said it was the largest natural gas fleet using agricultural waste to drive this nation’s roads.
March 25, 2013 - The Committee for Hispanic Children & Families Inc. has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to promote healthy eating habits and routine exercise to Latino families.
March 21, 2013 - The foodservice business in New York appears to be strong as sales to restaurants and purveyors are consistently good. Restaurants continue to be busy in Manhattan although some of the smaller foodservice operations are finding it difficult to keep competitive prices.
March 20, 2013 - The New York Apple Association donated 4,000 pounds of apples to ensure that 1,000 local needy families can make charoset, a traditional dish for Passover Seder this year. New York apple growers have a long history of coming to the aid of the community in times of need. Most recently the Association donated over 70,000 pounds of fresh apples after super storm Sandy to Feeding America which provided assistance to the victims of the storm.
March 20, 2013 - Elliot Weinstein, a 72-year-old volunteer for City Harvest is helping to make a positive impact for hungry families in the region. On three early mornings per week, Mr. Weinstein trucks foods from the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx with produce from vendors that would otherwise be discarded. To date, City Harvest has rescued about 3.8 million pounds of food from the Hunts Point Market.
March 20, 2013 - The inaugural Del Monte Fresh “Beach Bash Dash” in Dayton Beach, Florida saw hundreds of spring breakers taking part in a beach obstacle course to promote healthy eating habits amongst college students.
March 20, 2013 - City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is set to introduce legislation to limit where food trucks can park citywide. Councilwoman Chin’s bill will minimize the effect food vendors have on public safety, and quality of life.
March, 2013 - The Georgetown Climate Center released the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Study Cluster Analysis at the end of 2012. The study outlines what public institutions and private sector organizations need to do to work towards an EV-friendly environment, and to help these organizations understand where the greatest opportunities are for enhancing the EVSE network.
March 20, 2013 - President Obama has proposed giving truck purchasers powered by natural gas a 50% tax credit on the price differential between the natural gas and diesel powered trucks.
March 13, 2013 - Bronx and MTA officials are pushing to secure funding and station space in order to send the Metro-North trains through East Bronx by 2019. To enact this bold plan, four new East Bronx stations, costing about $800 million and train slots in Penn Station are still needed.
March 13, 2013 - Trucking companies with experience operating natural gas vehicles (NGVs) expressed why they choose to run their engines on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The fleet managers spoke during a well-attended technical session at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. A list of the investments needed to run NGVs were identified and a price point was given to support the business case considerations for using natural gas.
March 12, 2013 - New standards for GPS systems seek to prevent over-height trucks striking underpasses. Over-height trucks striking underpasses cause damage to infrastructure, create congestion on roadways, and contribute to hazardous conditions to other drivers.
March 12, 2013 - Ryder System Inc. has entered its first-ever lease contracts for supplying natural gas leased vehicles. The company has entered a full-service lease agreement providing 23 compressed natural gas tractors to Louisiana-based Eagle Distributing of Shreveport, Inc.
March 11, 2013 - The New Jersey based NAFA Fleet Management Association is gearing up for its annual Institute and Expo taking place at the Atlantic City Convention Center & Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort from April 23rd to April 26th. The convention will also feature value-add sessions for fleets provided by Calstart and the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute.
February 27, 2013 - The Work Truck Show 2013 runs from March 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center and is expected to attract 10,000 work truck industry professionals. The event will feature 500,000 square feet of the newest vocational trucks, vans and equipment.
February 26, 2013 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rejected the American Trucking Associations’ delay request on the Hours of Service Rule. The challenge to the updated hours-of-service regulations centers on allowing use of the 34-hour restart only once a week, with each restart to include time off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. for two straight days, as well as the provision requiring drivers to take a half-hour break after no more than eight hours of driving.
February 25, 2013 - The list of some possible tax trimming options for owner-operators include the costs of uniforms, laundry, satellite radio, mobile phone service, ATM, Bank and Credit Card Fees. While taxes are a fact of life, drivers can minimize them by claiming these often-overlooked deductions. A qualified tax preparer who understands the trucking industry can review previous tax returns and help drivers claim missed deductions.
February 24, 2013 - Michel Gondry's movie, 'The We and the I' describes the timeless struggles for identity and connection among young adults as captured during an MTA Bus Ride. Many of the stars from this production are students who signed up for after-school improvisation classes at the Point, a community center in Hunts Point. Mr. Gondry’s best known for his ground-breaking music videos and surrealistic films like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"—cultivated a cast and fleshed out a script inspired by an actual bus ride he took 25 years ago in Paris. The film will have its New York premiere Thursday as the closing-night selection of the Film Comments Selects series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, before opening March 8 at IFC Center.
February 22, 2013 - The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.9% in January. The Tonnage Index has surged at least 2.4% since November gaining a total of 9.1% over that three month period.
February 21, 2013 - East Harlem-based Neapolitan Express Pizza has unveiled a pizza truck with not only the engine converted to compressed natural gas, but with a CNG-powered genset powering all of the kitchen equipment, including electric air conditioning and near 900-degree pizza oven.
February 20, 2013 - New programs are helping to guide small-business owners across New York City through the process of retrofitting, convincing those who run bodegas and boutiques to make difficult investments in energy-saving technologies. Small businesses may not have the resources or necessary time to research and invest in newer technologies, programs such as BlocPower help to provide these companies with the support needed to make economic investments that are environmentally friendly and are economically feasible.
February 19, 2013 - The Bronx will soon be home to another beer distributor. Oak Beverages Inc., a wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits, is moving into a new 350,000-square-foot facility in Hunts Point which provides more space and better refrigeration than its former facility in Brooklyn.
February 18, 2013 - At the turn of the 20th century, more than half the cars in the US were steam-powered. Though the internal combustion engine and steam engine were developed during the same period, eventually the internal combustion engine overtook the transportation industry. In the 1990s, a Volkswagen R&D spin-off called Enginion claimed it had built a steam engine that is comparable efficiency to internal combustion engine but with lower emissions. In recent years, Cyclone Technologies claims it has developed a steam engine that’s twice as efficient as an internal combustion engine. The long range view of future personal transportation options may one day include steam power.
February 5, 2013 - According to a report from Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, the trucking industry as a whole shared a burden of about $27 billion in 2011 in time and fuel lost to congestion on the country’s roads and highways.
Bronx Leaders Reflect on Ed Koch’s Legacy in the Bronx; Former Mayor Lauded for Landmark Housing Program
February 5, 2013 - Former Mayor Ed Koch was eulogized on February 4th as many in the City remember Mr. Koch for all the contributions he made during his terms in office. Former Mayor Koch will be remembered for investing $5.4 billion to provide jobs and create some 150,000 units of affordable housing in Harlem, Bushwick, and the South Bronx.
February 5, 2013 - Kevin S. Murphy, chief executive officer and owner of Baldor Specialty Foods died on January 31st following a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Murphy has been called “a true visionary with a life philosophy of hard work and caring for people that was felt by all whom he touched.”
February 1, 2013 - American’s energy industry and the economy have been changed by shale energy exploration. Natural gas prices are at a 10 year low and states where the actual drilling occurs are benefitting from the direct economic impacts of the “shale boom.”
Bronx Parks to Celebrate 125th Anniversary; Major Milestone to be Marked with Special Events All Year
January 31, 2013 - 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of Bronx Parks, a milestone that is being celebrated all year long with a series of events. The Bronx is the greenest borough in the city, with nearly 25% of the space being parkland.
January 31, 2013 - Cleaire, the California specialty manufacturer of diesel particulate filters, announced its shut down following brush fires caused by sparks.
January 31, 2013 - Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, will step down from her position soon after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address in February. According to a recent interview, one of her proudest achievements during her four years as the EPA administrator was the Endangerment Finding of the Clean Air Act, which led to the Obama administration doubling the fuel efficiency standard for vehicles during the next 12 years.
January 30, 2013 - On January 30th, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stepped down from his position after 4 years of service. During his tenure, Mr. LaHood made distracted driving a centerpiece issue bringing attention to dangers caused by texting and driving. There are many names under consideration to replace Mr. LaHood.
January 29, 2013 - Urban planners opposed to a sprawling new headquarters for FreshDirect have proposed a different greener future for the area. Some envisioned the site as a park with athletic fields and an open-air auditorium, bordered by bike and pedestrian trails along the river.
January 28, 2013 - Crystile Carter, a 19 year old from the Bronx who overcame many obstacles in her childhood, was recently selected as one of five young adults awarded the Boys & Girls Club of America’s 2012-2013 Northeast Region Youth of the Year award and visited the White House where she got to meet President Obama.
January 25, 2013 - Tanya Fields, an urban farmer and single mother living in the South Bronx, had been invited to discuss food-access issues during an upcoming TEDxManhattan event. Mrs. Fields later received an email from the event organizers informing her that she was no longer invited to speak at the event. Mrs. Fields was disappointed but not discouraged to continue spreading her message about the importance of providing access to healthy foods in urban communities. After news spread about this controversial situation within the sustainable food movement, Mrs. Fields’ invitation was re-instated. Mrs. Fields had already set up her own event to be held on the same day as the TEDxManhattan event and declined to participate in the event even after organizers apologized.
January 18, 2013 - The Women In Trucking Association in conjunction with Navistar are seeking nominations for the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award.
January 15, 2013 - The Bronx Documentary Center will open a display on Saturday, January 19th that features “Seis del Sur: Dispatched from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers,” who documented their childhood in the South Bronx.
January 14, 2013 - The first Hispanic on the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor is proud of where she came from. The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants who settled in the Bronx, Justice Sotomayor is a true American success story.
January 11, 2013 - NYC deliverEASE is a new program that ensures more efficient reliable deliveries for receiving businesses and truck carriers. This program helps businesses save money by shifting all or part of the daily deliveries to the off-hours (between 10 pm and 6am). A 2010 pilot showed numerous benefits including time savings of as much as 3 hours per route, reduced parking tickets and lower fuels costs, more reliable deliveries, reduction in need for extra inventory and increase in time spent with customers. NYC deliverEASE seeks to reduce traffic congestion, improve quality of life for residents, and increase the efficiency and sustainability of urban deliveries. Participants receive financial incentives and public recognition. NYCdeliverEASE was created by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the USDOT, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). As encouragement to participate in NYC deliverEASE, you will receive a $2,000 financial incentive.
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January 11, 2013 - The American Trucking Associations announced the Captains of its America’s Road Team for 2013-2014. The members of the Road Team are drivers with premier safety records that will spend the next two years representing the trucking industry and delivering its highway safety message to the public.
New Report Shows the Bronx with Fastest Growth in Public Library Usage of Any Borough Over the Last Decade
January 10, 2013 - A report by the Center for an Urban Future shows that the Bronx had the fastest growth in public library usage of any borough over the last decade. The borough’s 35 public library branches had a doubling in circulation of books, periodicals and CDs and DVDs borrowed and 134% increase in people attending programs and workshops since 2002.
Greenhouse Gas Regulations: What Will the New EPA and NHTSA Fuel Economy Regulations Mean to Your Fleet?
January 9, 2013 - Between now and January 1st, 2014, all new heavy-duty truck will be certified to a new fuel efficiency standard. Compliance rests with the truck maker and the customer will see the benefit. Fleets need to know what these new standards mean for them.
January 9, 2013 - The American Trucking Association wants input from drivers about the 34 hour restart rule. The restart rule allows drivers to reset their work cycles by resting for 34 hours. The change requires that time block of 34 hours to include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., in an effort to get drivers to sleep two nights.
January 5, 2013 - Steven Smith has been working on remediating the Oak Point property, west of the Hunts Point peninsula. Mr. Smith had undertaken two years of planning, nine months of work, $1.5 million and three acres of wetlands. All this hard work washed away in a matter of hours by Hurricane Sandy. Mr. Smith hopes to continue the sustainable development on the Oak Point property.
January 4, 2013 - On a very windy day in 1968, the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge began to sway crazily, leading drivers to abandon their cars in a panic. But on an even windier night in 2012, as Hurricane Sandy howled across Long Island Sound and buffeted the span, the bridge stood all but unmoving. The big difference in these two scenarios was the six thousand fewer tons of steel trusses, which were removed in 2004.
January 4, 2013 - Peter Magistro, the founder and president of the Bronx Pro Group, a family-run neighborhood-based company in Morris Park that builds, renovates and manages low- and moderate-income housing in the Bronx, discusses how the Bronx has overcome past struggles and come back to life.
January 3, 2013 - The Coast Guard is expected to propose standards for the devices that read TWIC cards. The readers are the second phase of a port security program ordered by Congress after the 9/11 attacks.
January 2, 2013 - The American Taxpayer Relief Act passed on New Year’s Day to avert the “fiscal cliff” includes an extension of clean vehicle tax incentives and even the reinstatement of expired tax breaks.
January 2, 2013 - The transportation sector is still a male-dominated sector, despite the shortage of drivers. However, in different parts of the world, there are crusaders who are working to bring about change. Women in Trucking, with the support of Volvo Trucks, has helped to ensure that there are more female truck drivers in the United States than in many other countries.
January 2, 2013 - The trucking industry is expected to see rapid growth in the coming years. The expected growth will result for a variety of reasons including: the bounce back of the economy, increased demand for more drivers, and the shrinking of rail services.
December 21, 2012 - The New York City Department of Sanitation continues towards the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles path, ordering several dozen compressed natural gas and hydraulic hybrid Mack trucks for fiscal year 2013.
December 20, 2012 - Impending apocalypse is all the rage in pop culture these days, from Doomsday Preppers to Mayan world-ending predictions, but it won’t take a zombie apocalypse or a terrorist EMP strike to throw America into a state of chaos. See what happens when America’s trucking industry is disrupted.
December 20, 2012 - Truck stops across the US have added shore power for trucks and 480 volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers. Truck stop electrification is becoming more popular as drivers are looking for a way to save money on fuel costs and have the technology available on their trucks to charge at stops.
December 19, 2012 - At a half-day conference called "New York City Beginning on March 1, 2013 subway and bus ride fees will increase by .25 cents. MTA’s bridges and tunnels will charge increase fares as well. E-Z Pass holders will see an increase to the fares but still receive a discount.
December 18, 2012 - Sales of alternative fuel vehicles are up 73%, with nearly 440,000 hybrids, plug-in hybrid, and electrics sold in 2012, according to the latest research from Chicago-based Mintel. The rapid sales growth in hybrid and electric vehicles makes the segment the fastest growing in the United States for 2012, supplanting the still fast-growing compact car vehicle segment.
December 14, 2012 - At a half-day conference called "New York City (SOS) Sink or Swim," the Municipal Art Society of New York and the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University hosted an impressive group of speakers and panelists, including two Obama cabinet members, Shaun Donovan and Ken Salazar. Six weeks after Sandy wrecked havoc on the East Coast a roomful of smart people discussed the question that's on everyone's mind: How can we rebuild and retrofit the city so that it won't be swamped by the next superstorm – which, as everyone present acknowledged, could be coming any time now?
December 11, 2012 - Dash Cameras are starting to be used by truckers to record their movements on America’s roadways. These dashboard cameras are already popular in the United Kingdom but have not yet become widely used in the US. Some truckers are using the dash cameras to protect themselves against liabilities following accidents.
December 10, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration updated 2011 data shows the historic downward trend of decreased highway deaths continues. Since 2005 highway deaths have declined a total of 26. Fatalities increased among large truck occupants (20 percent), pedal-cyclists (8.7 percent), pedestrians (3.0 percent), and motorcycle riders (2.1 percent). NHTSA is working with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to gather more detailed information on the large truck occupant crashes to better understand the increase in fatalities in 2011.
December 13, 2012 - Republican Representatives Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee want the Department of Transportation to start a pilot program to study whether the federal government should be able to pluck truckers’ hair to test for drugs. Drug testing using a hair sample is more accurate than a urine test and it is more difficult to alter the results of the test. Some private trucking companies already use this method for testing their drivers for controlled substances.
December 11, 2012 - Mack presented the New York City Department of Sanitation with a $25,000 check to aide in relief of Hurricane Sandy. The donation will go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, a not for profit organization dedicated to community and economic improvement and will be used to meet immediate needs for food, water and supplies as well as support long term relief and restoration projects.
December 7, 2012 - At the Flying J truck stop in rural Virginia, truck drivers can taste the coffee, smell the diesel and see the future. Truckers discuss the future as they look at the remote corner of the parking lot, where two rows of new fuel pumps stand, these pumps are labeled LNG -- liquefied natural gas. The truckers know LNG is the future for trucking but first the chicken and egg dilemma will need to be resolved.
December 5, 2012 - The second Saturday in December is commemorated as Wreaths Across America, to honor the sacrifices made by US soldiers. Wreaths Across America relies on the help of volunteers, organizations, and the generosity of the trucking industry to provide lay wreaths on the tomb stones of at veterans’ cemeteries. This year at least 50 trucking companies including independent owner operators and other large well known fleets have volunteered to transport the wreaths for this ceremony.
December 3, 2012 - Truck owners and operators are encouraged to prepare their truck for the colder winter weather by checking components for wear and tear including: DEF system, engine heaters, coolant, and the truck’s battery.
November 30, 2012 - The abundance and low price of natural gas for the transportation sector helped to drive attendance of the American Trucking Association’s Natural Gas Summit. According to the NGV America, natural gas presents the best opportunity for heavy trucks to transition into cleaner vehicles because these bigger trucks use a lot of fuel and the lower price of the gas makes up for the upfront cost of the equipment.
November 29, 2012 - The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) continue to work towards the renewal of the leasing agreement to keep the market in Hunts Point. The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market Cooperative and the NYCEDC still have some items to be worked out before the lease agreement will be signed.
November 28, 2012 - According to a report from the Carbon War Room, by adopting technologies that pay themselves off in less than two years, the road freight industry could deliver hefty emissions reductions and save thousands of dollars in fuel costs. The report recommends five physical fuel-saving technologies, including aerodynamic upgrades, anti-idling devices, and decreased rolling resistance with better tires, new transmission systems and adaptive cruise control.
November 27, 2012 - On the East Coast the average price of diesel is now over $4.00 per gallon. The increase in diesel prices is the first increase in a six week period on the East Coast.
November 21, 2012 - There’s a good chance the food on your Thanksgiving table passed through the Hunts Point Produce Market. Each year the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday are the busiest days of the year for the produce market.
November 21, 2012 - The algae biomass industry continues to strive to develop large scale algae production to be used as an alternative fuel for the transportation industry. One of the challenges that has to be overcome for the commercialization of this fuel is the dewatering step required by processes after the biomass has been cultivated.
November 20, 2012 - The Natural Resource Defense Council commissioned a study to examine which states are most vulnerable to the fluctuation in price of gasoline. The study found that Texas ranked as the state with the most vulnerability to the fluctuation of gasoline prices. Factors that affected the state’s vulnerability include number of vehicle miles traveled, and the amount of time vehicles are running.
November 14, 2012 - The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 Most Wanted List of Transportation Priorities. Four of the recommendations heavily impact trucking: Eliminating Distraction in Transportation; Eliminating Substance-Impaired Driving; Mandating Motor Vehicle collision Avoidance Technology; and Preserving the Integrity of Transportation Infrastructure.
November 13, 2012 - After canceling a second meeting the NY Thruway Authority appears to be rethinking proposed toll hikes for trucks. The NY Thruway Authority has faced public opposition to a proposed toll increase and is looking at other options to what it had called a "modest" 45-percent increase for truckers.
November 13, 2012 - According to a trucking economist, economic recovery is progressing at a normal pace and rebuilding from “super-storm” Sandy will provide a boon for some sectors of the economy including flatbed trucking.
November 12, 2012 - In 2011, Just Bagels, Inc, a manufacturer of 100% natural bagels distributed in all fifty states, based in the Hunts Point, installed two solar systems on site totaling over 98,000 watts. The company expects to save about $25,000 per year on its power bills while producing a CO2 savings of approximately 5,000 lbs annually.
November 9, 2012 - The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched a new online tool which allows fleet managers to determine the best alternative-fuel vehicle strategies. The new Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool allows fleet managers to evaluate the benefits associated with five alternative fuels, including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, natural gas, and propane.
November 9, 2012 - The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking in their efforts to stop one of the nation’s most heinous and fastest growing crimes – human trafficking. Download Truckers Against Trafficking Wallet Card.
November 8, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy caused much destruction to businesses in Port Morris. In the hurricane’s aftermath businesses are assessing the damage and working on rebuilding all that was lost. Organizations such as the federal Small Business Administration and the city in partnership with Goldman Sachs are offering small business loans to help with the recovery effort.
November 7, 2012 - According to a report released by the American Truckers Association it is forecasted that by 2022 there will be a shortage of 239,000 drivers over the next ten years. These shortages will affect carriers whose drivers transport freight over long distances and are away from home for weeks at a time. The shortage will have less of an impact on the less-than-truckload (LTL), private fleet, and dedicated contract carriage segments whose drivers operate shorter routes and are home more frequently.
November 6, 2012 - Lack of publically accessible fueling infrastructure has prevented the wider adoption of natural gas fuel by the trucking industry. This key roadblock is being overcome as more natural gas fueling stations are opening and there are plans for development of more stations all over the country.
November 5, 2012 - The Point Community Development Corporation recently added “The Love Motel for Insects,” an outdoor installation along the Bronx River near the Riverside Campus. The “Love Motel” consists of two large canvas sculptures shaped like moths’ wings emits ultraviolet light to attract moths, beetles, and other nocturnal, non-biting bugs.
November 5, 2012 - Following Hurricane Sandy the Hunts Point Produce Market donated about two tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to victims in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The donations of oranges, apples, pear, bananas and grapes will go a long way in providing ready to eat food to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
October 25, 2012 - The solar revolution in New York is being aided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York City Mayor’s office which offer some of the best subsidies in the nation for property owners who wish to convert to solar-energy solutions.
October 23, 2012 - In early October, President Obama signed the Military Commercial Driver's License Act of 2012 to facilitate the ability of active and reserve members of the armed services to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL).
October 1, 2012 - To help build support for its move to Port Morris, FreshDirect hired Majora Carter, renowned environmentalist as their consultant to help foster local support for the project. In early October Mrs. Carter set up a closed door meeting between FreshDirect and area activists to promote a dialogue about the project plan.
October 17, 2012 - Fairway Bakery, Food Fest Depot, Krinos Food and "R" Best Produce will move to or expand in the Bronx. These companies are planting roots in the Bronx with the help of subsidies from the city. The relocation of these companies will help to generate up to 250 jobs in the area.
September 28, 2012 - US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is urging the United States Department of Transportation to issue nationwide standards for GPS devices in commercial trucks to help improve safe driving practices amongst truck operators.
September 5, 2012 - By the end of 2012, Smith Electric will begin manufacturing, servicing and distributing its zero-emission electric trucks from its 90,000-square-foot property at 275-295 Locust Ave. in the Port Morris section of the Bronx.
July 30, 2012 - The White House honors individuals or organizations as Transportation Innovators for their exemplary leadership in the growth and expansion of the transportation industry. This year, Ellen Voie, founder and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association, is amongst those honored as a Transportation Innovator.
July 5, 2012 - Fuel consumption reduction can be achieved through easy modification in driving style. Basic changes such as learning progressive shifting, reducing idling, monitoring road speed and following distance, preserving momentum and using cruise control on hills can all go a long way in fuel savings.
The US Department of Energy recently updated the Alternative Fueling Station Locator online tool. By using the Alternative Fueling Station Locator you can now locate an AFV fueling station near you or plan a route.