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Costs Rise in Colorado Springs Outsourcing Plan

A Colorado Springs, Colo., outsourced fleet maintenance contract was estimated to save $2 million in three years, but numbers from the first year of the contract show costs are higher than projected due to a new utility service center.

Dan Berlenbach (left) from the City of Long Beach and Craig Crowder (right) from the City of Beverly Hills talk to an attendee at the MEMA Mock Shop. Photos by Kevin Haegele.

MEMA Mock Shop Demonstrates Advanced Diagnostic Technology

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a vehicle diagnostics mock shop during the ride-and-drive at the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX) in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 25.

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Work-Related Driving Time Rises in Past Decade

Daily commuting and work related traveling has increased slightly while total travel time per person has decreased over the past 11 years, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Westport Acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions

Westport Innovations is acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions from IMPCO Automotive in an all-stock deal valued at about $7.54 per share that will create "a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company," according to Westport.

One of the new fire apparatus was on display to at the Fire-Rescue International Convention. Photo via facebook/Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services

Sales Tax Helps Ga. County Modernize Fire Fleet

The Clayton County (Ga.) Fire & Emergency Services has unveiled three new fire apparatus last week and nine ambulances in July as part of a fleet modernization program.

Ohio District Hiring Fleet Manager, Mechanic

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is hiring a fleet and facilities maintenance manager and a fleet/heavy equipment mechanic.

Fleets in the yellow-colored counties can apply for grant funding. Map courtesy of North Central Texas Council of Governments

Texas Awarding $2.5M in Emission Reduction Grants

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is offering $2.5 million in grant funding for public and private fleets to improve vehicle efficiency. Fleets with operations in the 10-county Dallas-Fort Worth ozone non-attainment area can apply.

Washington State Arco Stations Now Accept Voyager Fleet Cards

U.S. Bank and BP have reached an agreement allowing fleet cards from the U.S. Bank Voyager Network to be accepted at BP’s 146 ARCO-branded fueling stations in the state of Washington.

(l. to r.) CARB Member Barbara Riordan and Marcie Rodriguez of Redwood Products, Inc stand in front of hybrid delivery truck that was awarded the 2,000th heavy-duty clean vehicle voucher incentive. Photo courtesy of CARB.

Calif. Awards 2,000th Alt-Fuel Truck Voucher

California has handed out 2,000 vouchers to fleets to fund hybrid and battery-electric zero-emission trucks and buses under a grant program overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the board has announced.

Ariz. City Restructures Public Works, Fleet Services

The City of Sierra Vista, Calif., has divided its large Public Works Department into two departments in a restructure that moves the Fleet Services unit to report to the newly created Transportation and Environmental Services Department.

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Diesel Prices Down Again but Oil Prices Surge

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 14th straight week, but crude oil futures spiked on word that OPEC member countries were concerned about low oil prices.

Navistar to Offer Engine Reprogramming via Wi-Fi

International Truck announced it plans to offer “over-the-air” reprogramming of engine control modules for International trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 diesels.

Photo courtesy of Utah Valley University.

Utah University Unveils EV Chargers, Prius PHEVs

Utah Valley University (UVU) and the state Governor’s Office of Energy Development have unveiled two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and two newly purchased Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the university's Orem campus, according to a UVU release.

Video Tip: Safety Near Bicyclists

Here's some advice, provided by AAA and the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, to help motorists share the road safely with cyclists.

Photo courtesy of City of Santa Clara.

City Adds Custom Tap Water Truck for Public Outreach

The City of Santa Clara, Calif., unveiled a custom-built tap water distribution truck used as a public outreach tool and to deliver water to areas where water has been shut off.

Graph courtesy of UtilimarcUtility industry wage distribution.

Utility and Municipal Technician Wages Compared

The results from Utilimarc showed a more spread out wage distribution among fleet technicians in the municipal industry but a higher wage floor/ceiling for technicians in the utility industry.

Photo of GMC Sierra HD AllTerrain crew cab courtesy of GM.

GMC Sierra HD Adds Steering Assist, Gooseneck Trailering

The GMC Sierra HD pickup will add several features for 2016, including active steering assist and a new gooseneck trailering package, according to General Motors.

Photo courtesy of VCU Parking and Transportation.

VCU Adds Propane Autogas Shuttles

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has added bi-fuel propane autogas systems to seven shuttle buses in its 10-vehicle RamSafe fleet, the university's Parking and Transportation division announced.

NGV Conference Details Announced

Organizers of the North American NGV Conference and Expo have released details about the conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

L.A. County Supervisor Vehicle Use Questioned

The Los Angeles County supervisors have been washing their take-home cars up to three times a week despite a crippling California drought, and one supervisor has been using two vehicles, according to several media reports.

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City's Fuel Savings Allocated for Police, Fire Vehicles

The City of Birmingham (Ala.) will spend $1.9 million to purchase new police and fire vehicles with funds netted from a surplus created because fuel costs were substantially lower than projected.

NAFA Chapter Launches Sustainability Award

The NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter announced its first annual chapter Sustainability Award. The award recognizes fleets operating within the chapter area that are addressing sustainability. The application deadline is Sept. 8.

Photo courtesy of Evergreen CNG Systems.

Public CNG Station Opens Near LAX

TIMCO CNG has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Inglewood, Calif., near Los Angeles International Airport, announced Evergreen CNG Systems, which commissioned the facility.

Chevin Touts Advanced Software Integration

Advanced levels of integration with all kinds of systems are helping to power continued success at fleet software system provider Chevin Fleet Solutions, according to the company.

Photo by Kareem Girgis.

Fleet Technology Awards Announced

Six fleet managers took home awards and top honors for the efficiency and sustainability categories during the Fleet Technology Expo’s Light & Medium Duty Fleet awards on Aug. 26.

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