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GM Hybrid-Powered Buses Delivered to Michigan's State Capital

LANSING, MI – The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has added three buses powered by General Motors' diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system to its mass transit fleet.

LaPorte City Cars May Go Electric

LAPORTE, IN – LaPorte, Ind., may go electric with its vehicle fleet if a battery-operated car now in use meets expectations.

Mayor of Lexington, KY, Criticized for Political Bumper Sticker on City Car

LEXINGTON, KY – Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac has been driving around a city-owned car sporting a political bumper sticker on the rear windshield that says, ‘Firefighters support Isaac for Mayor.' The car — a 2003, two-door, red Oldsmobile Alero — is paid for and maintained by the City.

Snohomish County Public Works Director Steve Thomsen (left) and Snohomish County  Fleet Manager Allen Mitchell (right) accept the Department of Ecology's Local Government Diesel Retrofit Grant Program

Snohomish County Receives Grant Funding From Department of Ecology to Reduce Toxic Diesel Fumes

EVERETT, WA – Snohomish County recently hosted a Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) Grant Awards Ceremony

Arkansas Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for 75 % of State's Fleet to Use Biodiesel by 2009

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Biodiesel has become one of the latest issues in the Arkansas gubernatorial race.

Indictments Issued for Improper Municipal Vehicle Purchases

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Federal authorities say the owners of International Trucks of Central Jersey and a salesman allegedly laundered bribe money through the business.

San Joaquin RTD Celebrates Rollout of GM Hybrid-Powered Buses

STOCKTON, CA – The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has rolled out six hybrid buses to its mass transit fleet.

Legislators Reviewing Ulster County's Fleet Management

KINGSTON, NY – A fleet management study projects Ulster County could save up to $360,000 a year by better managing its near-500 vehicles, but some legislators say the cost of a new fleet manager is not justified.

Ford Presents Escape Hybrid Taxi Case Study to City of Austin

DEARBORN, MI – On Wed., Aug. 9, Ford Motor Company presented a case study on the successful use of Escape Hybrid taxis to Austin, Tex., Mayor Wynn and representatives from the City of Austin, Austin Energy, and local commercial fleet managers.

Dossier User Group to Hold 18th Annual Meeting

ATCO, NJ – Fleet professionals from around the nation will converge on the Hilton Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 18 and 19, 2006 for the Dossier Fleet Maintenance Software Users Group meeting.

Caltrain Transit Agency Plans '07 Rollout of WiMax Wireless Net

SAN JOSE, CA – Caltrain has successfully tested uninterrupted wireless Internet access on a train traveling up to 79 miles per hour over a 16-mile stretch from Millbrae to Palo Alto in California.

Winston-Salem Tries to Make Fleet More Fuel Efficient

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the flow of gasoline to North Carolina — most of which came from a pipeline originating in the Gulf Coast — dried up, causing shortages and skyrocketing fuel costs.

The County of San Diego Selects MAXIMUS FuelFocus

SAN DIEGO, CA – The County of San Diego, Calif., has selected MAXIMUS FuelFocus as its fully integrated automated fuel system in a procurement valued at over $850,000.

Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel May Boost Truck Costs

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The lower energy content of ultra-low-sulfur diesel will force truckers to buy more fuel to run the same number of miles, driving fuel expenses up.

Mississippi Fleet Office Likely Won't Open Until Next Year

JACKSON, MS – The executive director of the state Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) says it's going to take some time to prepare a centralized office to oversee Mississippi's fleet of 9,428 vehicles.

MoDOT to Test Hybrid Bucket Trucks

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is the first government agency in the nation to test a new energy saving, environmentally friendly, diesel-electric bucket truck.

York County Parks Dept. Fleet Switches to Biodiesel

YORK, PA – The York County Parks Department has made the switch to using a combination of diesel and vegetable-based fuel in its tractors, mowers, and service trucks.

Researchers Say Soybean-Based Biofuel Is the Best Choice

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, soybean-based fuel blends are a superior choice to biofuel sourced from corn

Honda CNG Vehicles Certified for IRS Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service has acknowledged the certification by American Honda Motor Company, Inc. that two of its vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) meet the requirements of the Alterative Motor Vehicle Credit enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).

City of Murfreesboro Re-Checks All Police Cars to See if Tires Are Safe

MURFREESBORO, TN – Every Murfreesboro police cruiser was ordered re-examined for tire safety this week, and officers were reminded about inspecting their cars daily for any problems.

City of Somerville, Tenn., Will Spend $1,386 to Stripe Unmarked Police Cars

SOMERVILLE, TN – The Somerville, Tenn., Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to spend $1,386 to stripe the police department's seven unmarked patrol cars.

Biofuels Conference to Be Held Oct. 3-4 at University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, OK – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and research institutions will speak at “Grow: The Oklahoma Governor's Conference on Biofuels,” which will be held Oct. 3-4, 2006, at the University of Oklahoma.

Baltimore County Councilman Removes Campaign Stickers From His County Vehicle

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – After complaints were made, Democratic County Councilman Vince Gardina has removed campaign stickers from his Baltimore county-issued vehicle.

Sebastian County in Arkansas Restricts Use of County Vehicles

FT. SMITH, AR – The Sebastian County Quorum Court voted to adopt an ordinance that limits the use of county-owned vehicles to “conduct official county business only.”

Dodge Chargers Will Be Added to Police Fleet for Long Beach, N.Y.

LONG BEACH, NY – The Long Beach Police Department received approval from the City Council to buy five Dodge Charger police cruisers under New York's state's contract.



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