Government Fleet News

Nevada Department of Transportation Adds Western Star Trucks to Its Fleet

CARSON CITY, NV – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT purchased 36 Western Star trucks and will distribute the trucks among its snowplow, sander, and dump truck fleets.

NY State Energy Agency Targets Hybrid Fleet Conversion

NEW YORK – The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) has launched a new $10 million effort in New York State aimed at converting the state's hybrid fleet — consisting mostly of Toyota Priuses and Ford Hybrid Escapes — into plug-in hybrids.

‘No Smoking' Ban in NY Workplaces Also Applies to Work Vehicles

OLEAN, NY – The city of Olean, N.Y., is defending itself against a claim that it allowed a city employee to smoke in a city-owned vehicle.

Cities Learn How to Extract Value From Municipal WiFi Networks for Wireless Fleet Monitoring

OTTAWA, ON – At the recent MuniWireless SV 2006 conference, municipalities learned that they can leverage their existing or planned municipal WiFi infrastructure by deploying a wireless fleet monitoring solution to lower fleet maintenance costs, increase efficiencies in city vehicles, and improve service to businesses.

University of Minnesota Converts to Using Biodiesel Blend for Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services has converted its fuel tanks on the Minneapolis and St.Paul campuses from diesel to a 20 percent biodiesel blend.

NYPD to Add Dodge Chargers to Fleet

NEW YORK – The New York Police Department (NYPD) has acquired 14 Dodge Chargers at a cost of $28,511 per car.

Online Maintenance Tracking Service Alerts Pagers, PDAs, & Cell Phones

VALENCIA, CA – Link It Software Corporation has added a new feature to its recently launched Web-based service, EZ Maintenance Web www.ezm-web.com.

U.S. Bank Voyager Invests in Advent Business Systems to Expand Services

HOUSTON & SAN MATEO, CA – U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems has made an investment in software enhancements for Advent Business Systems, which Voyager purchased in Jan. 2006.

Hybrid Truck Users Forum to Be Held Nov. 14-16 in San Diego, Calif.

SAN DIEGO, CA – The U.S. Army National Automotive Center (NAC), in partnership with WestStart, is holding a Hybrid Truck Users Forum on Nov. 14-16 in San Diego, Calif.

Wisconsin State Patrol Adds Chargers and Magnums to Fleet

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin State Patrol is adding seven Dodge Chargers and seven Dodge Magnums to its fleet.

Taunton Public Works Fleet to Acquire Gasboy Fleetkey 2 Management System

TAUNTON, MA – A gasoline management system (called Gasboy Fleetkey 2 Management System) proposed for the Taunton Department of Public Works in Massachusetts would save the city money, accurately account for fuel use, and cut down on the temptation to misuse the pumps.

NAFA's Atlanta Chapter to Host Fleet Industry Symposium at Manheim's DRIVE Center

ISELIN, NJ – The National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Atlanta Chapter will host a fleet industry symposium at Manheim's DRIVE Center Sept. 19-21, co-hosted by NAFA and DRIVE at the Marriott Atlanta Airport.

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.

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