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May
9

Low or No Emission Vehicle Program – 5339(c)

What’s New

Overview

The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

  • Watch our four-minute video highlighting the Low and No-Emission Grant Program, which supports new technologies that are changing the makeup of bus fleets nationwide.  

Allocation of Funding

Funding is allocated to projects on a competitive basis, from proposals submitted to FTA in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Past project selections include:

Technical Assistance

  • View the April 2018 National RTAP Webinar: FTA Low No Emissions Program Grant Writing
  • FTA contracts with the National Renewable Energy Lab to evaluate zero-emission bus research and demonstration projects. 
  • FTA hosted webinars on deploying low- or no-emission buses that feature speakers from agencies that have been successful in introducing zero-emission buses, including recipients of FTA’s Low-No grants. 

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, and Indian Tribes. Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for funding eligible projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated state proposal. States and other eligible applicants also may submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include:

  • purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
  • acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
  • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
  • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
  • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses

Statutory Reference

49 U.S.C. 5339 (c)/FAST Act Section 3017

Funding Availability

Funds are available the year appropriated plus three years. 

Match

All eligible expenses under the Low-No Program are attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Therefore the Federal share of the cost of leasing or purchasing a transit bus is not to exceed 85 percent of the total transit bus cost. The federal share in the cost of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities is 90 percent of the net project cost.  

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Apr
15

Commercial Driver’s License Program | FMCSA


Overview

Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than that required to drive a non-commercial vehicle. In order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), an applicant must pass both skills and knowledge testing geared to these higher standards. Additionally CDL holders are held to a higher standard when operating any type of motor vehicle on public roads. Serious traffic violations committed by a CDL holder can affect their ability to maintain their CDL certification.

Licensing

Driving a commercial motor vehicle is a big responsibility. It requires special skills and knowledge. Most drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) through their home State (it is illegal to have a license from more than one State). In addition, special endorsements may be required if you or your company drivers will be driving any of the following vehicles:

  • a truck with double or triple trailers
  • a truck with a tank
  • a truck carrying hazardous materials
  • a passenger vehicle

Contact your State licensing bureau (e.g., Department of Motor Vehicles) for details.

Highlights

What’s New?

Any summary, description, or paraphrase of a regulatory requirement on this site is intended to provide general guidance only.  Please consult the text of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a full account of the applicable requirements.

Reminder

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FMCSA does not issue Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). State governments are responsible for issuing CDLs.

Last updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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Apr
11

– Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The CVA Program is open and accepting applications.  Click here to learn about changes and possible delays during the evolving health and economic crisis.

 

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Grants and loans for income-qualified Californians

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The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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What Vehicles
are Available?

Grants are for new or used clean vehicles. You can get a grant for a hybrid vehicle, a plug-in hybrid, or an electric vehicle. Battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids can also include a home charging station with installation support, up to a $2,000 value.

Learn more about clean vehicles.

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How Do Grants Work?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid. To get a grant, you must receive an Approval Packet prior to purchasing the vehicle and comply with all program requirements throughout the program term.  The grant will be given to the dealer to lower the overall cost of the new or used clean vehicle.

We give grants, not rebates.

To secure a grant, you must receive an Approval Letter BEFORE you purchase a vehicle.

What makes a grant different?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid.

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Apr
10

Good News from the Industry as it Rallies Against the Spread of Covid-19 [Update: Muc-Off Launch Anti-Bac Fight Back Program]

Among the constant bad news about the worsening spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and people in the bike industry are trying to make the most of a bad situation. Check out some of the positive news stories to come through our inbox.

Muc-Off launch ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project

Muc-Off has added to their recent efforts of assisting with the shortage of plastic bottles for hand sanitiser by launching their new ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project. The new program from the UK based company sees them take three different approaches to the situation. Support front line workers, protecting people and global support.

Adding to their previous efforts Muc-Off is now providing ITU nurses with anti-bacterial moisturising creams to help with the soreness creating by wearing face masks during their shifts. The aim is to donate 100,000 products to front line health workers.

They have also released a new range of anti-bacterial sanitisers and gels for everyone which will see 10% of profits from the products go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Finally, they have also started using their R&D team’s 3D printer to produce PPE faceguards for local hospitals.

You can find out more here.


Oakley Donate 20000+ units of protective eyewear to Healthcare Workers while also developing protective shield for front line health workers.
Oakley has announced on social media that they have so far donated over 20000 units of protective eyewear that will be sent across America and Europe. In addition to their sizeable donation, the company have also put their R&D and Manufacturing teams to work on a protective shield that they hope to mass produce for first responders and front line medical staff.

bigquotes Wanting to help in these trying times, the R&D and Manufacturing teams here at Oakley, have been working diligently to put their time and talents to good use. In collaboration with the local medical community, the teams have developed a protective shield that will be mass-produced and provided to our first responders and front-line medical workers. In addition to this we have also made a donation of 20,000 units of protective eyewear that will be shipped across North America and Europe. We will continue to offer our support wherever possible throughout this crisis. We’re all in this together. Oakley

Santa Cruz Bicycles’ R&D Team Uses CNC Machinery to Produce Face Shields for Local Medical Staff

Although Santa Cruz, California is in a shelter-in-place like most of the world, Santa Cruz Bicycles’ R&D team is at work producing face shields (PPE) for local medical staff using sheets of plastic cut using their CNC machinery typically used for cutting carbon fiber as well as 3D printers used for prototyping.

The equipment is able to make up to 20 face shield lenses every 9 minutes, yielding ~1000 shields per day. Ten days were spent evaluating designs, developing multiple prototypes and getting feedback from local healthcare professionals to ensure the end product suited their needs. 3D printers are used to make

Apr
5

ADOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

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Bicyclist Safety Action Plan

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2018 Bicyclist Safety Action Plan Update uses a data-driven approach to assess bicyclist-motorist crashes on the State Highway System (SHS) during the period 2012-2016. The Plan identifies steps, actions, and potential countermeasures that, upon implementation and over time, will measurably reduce bicyclist crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the SHS.

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Development of a Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Strategy Plan for the AZ State Highway System

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The ADOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Strategy Plan is the first step for ADOT to implement a bicycle and pedestrian count program. The program is designed to support safety assessments, performance measurement, and reporting such as key bicycle and pedestrian indicators and targets established in the ADOT Statewide Bicycle Pedestrian Plan Update.

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Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

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The 2017 Pedestrian Safety Action Plan provides a strategic action plan that effectively focuses resources to reduce the greatest number of severe injury and fatal pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes on the Arizona State Highway System.

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U.S. Bicycle Route 90

This east-west Route is 573 miles long and runs along existing state highways, local streets, and shared-use paths. U.S. Bicycle Route 90 connects the State border of New Mexico and the State border of California.


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Apr
5

Bicycle Program | Transportation Services

Bicycle Program

Welcome to Davis, the Bicycle Capital

About | Davis, both the city and the campus, has earned the name Bicycle Capital of the U.S. because of efforts to provide its thousands of cyclists with a bicycle-friendly environment. Wide streets, well-marked bike lanes, inviting pathways, gentle terrain, mild climate, and an attitude of mutual respect between cyclists and motorists have resulted in a community with the most bikes per capita of any in the nation. In Davis, bicycling is a way of life.

 

 

Davis is Flat and Has A Lot of Bicycle Pathways | If you’ve been to Davis before, you understand why riding a bicycle is the preferred mode of transportation. Compared to a hilly or mountainous region, it takes little exertion to cycle around town. And with roughly 55 miles of pathways dedicated to bicycles and pedestrian traffic, getting where you need to go can be a breeze. Knowing your terrain will help you understand the type of bicycle you should choose.

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Five Things Aggie Cyclists Should Know

1. Ride Quality Bicycle (or bring your own)

Buying a quality bicycle means buying a bicycle that fits your needs, handles well for the terrain on which you’ll likely ride, and will not breakdown on you (with basic maintenance). See our guide on choosing the right bicycle, and what to spend. Learn more

2. Register Your Bicycle

All bicycles on the UC Davis campus must have a current California Bicycle License ($12). We’ve got information on why it’s important (and necessary) to register your bicycle, and where you can purchase a license. Learn more

3. Wear a Helmet

Wearing a helmet every time you ride your bicycle is the best way to significantly mitigate bicycle crash-related injuries. See our information on the type of helmet you should wear, and how to wear it. Learn more

4. Use a Quality Lock and Decent Lights

When you park your bicycle, make sure you are locking it correctly. When you are riding in low light, make sure you can see and be seen. Our guide can help you with the types of locks and lights you should buy, use, and how much you should expect to spend. Learn more

5. Know Your Rights on the Road

Understanding your rights as a bicyclist includes; understanding traffic laws, signaling your intentions, knowing where to ride, and how to ride confidently. We offer educational programs in all of the above. Learn more 

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Apr
1

Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Program – Freight Professional Development

For More Information: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/index.cfm

Contact Information: John.Berg@dot.gov


Authorization of the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways” (the Interstate Highway System) in the 1950s created an interest in preserving the integrity of highways built with federal funds. Federal interest in the nation’s highway system also extends to ensuring the safety, productivity, and mobility of freight commerce.

The national Vehicle Size and Weight Team, a part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Freight Management and Operations, oversees state enforcement of heavy truck and bus size and weight standards in the United States. The Vehicle Size and Weight Team is assisted by FHWA’s policy and legal staff. Additionally, staff in each of FHWA’s 52 Division Offices provide one-on-one support to individual states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Washington Headquarters and Division Office staff also assist with policy questions, clarifications, reporting requirements, training, and other related program and administrative issues.

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Trucks entering weigh station for weight compliance check.

Federal standards center on a commercial vehicle’s weight, length, and width. Specific details of the standards follow.

Commercial Vehicle Weight Standards

National weight standards apply to commercial vehicle operations on the Interstate Highway System, an approximately 40,000-mile system of limited access, divided highways that spans the nation. Off the Interstate Highway System, states may set their own commercial vehicle weight standards.

Federal commercial vehicle maximum standards on the Interstate Highway System are:




Single Axle: 20,000 pounds
Tandem Axle: 34,000 pounds
Gross Vehicle Weight: 80,000 pounds

Bridge Formula Weights

The bridge formula was introduced in 1975 to reduce the risk of damage to highway bridges by requiring more axles, or a longer wheelbase, to compensate for increased vehicle weight. The formula may require a lower gross vehicle weight, depending on the number and spacing of the axles in the combination vehicle.1

Commercial Vehicle Size (Length and Width) Standards2

National vehicle size standards apply on what is known as the National Network of highways. The National Network includes: (1) the Interstate Highway System and (2) highways, formerly classified as Primary System routes, capable of safely handling larger commercial motor vehicles, as certified by states to FHWA. The total National Network system is about 200,000 miles. (See table for specific limits.)

Federal Commercial Vehicle Size Limits on the National Network


Overall vehicle length

No federal length limit is imposed on most truck tractor-semitrailers operation on the National Network.


Exception: On the National Network, combination vehicles (truck tractor plus semitrailer or trailer) designed and used specifically to carry automobiles or boats in specially designed racks may not exceed a maximum overall vehicle length of 65 feet, or 75 feet, depending on the type of connection between the tractor and trailer.

Trailer length

Federal law provides that no state may impose a length limitation of less than 48 feet (or longer if provided for by grandfather rights) on a semitrailer operating in any truck tractor-semitrailer

Mar
30

Intelligent Transportation Systems – Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program

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Using Connected Vehicle Technologies to Solve Real-World Operational Problems

Connected vehicles are poised to transform our streets, communities, and personal lives. But before these technologies can be deployed broadly, there are a number of technical, institutional, and financial challenges — challenges that can only be understood and overcome by putting these emerging technologies to work in real-world situations, solving real problems. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is supporting the advancement of connected vehicle technology with a pilot deployment program that is uncovering what barriers remain and how to address them, documenting lessons learned, and serving as a template assisting other early CV technology deployments.


The USDOT has awarded cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to three pilot sites in New York City; Wyoming; and Tampa to implement a suite of connected vehicle applications and technologies tailored to meet their region’s unique transportation needs. These pilot sites are helping connected vehicles make the final leap into real-world deployment so that they can deliver on their promises to increase safety, improve personal mobility, enhance economic productivity, reduce environmental impacts and transform public agency operations. Moreover, these sites are laying the groundwork for even more dramatic transformations as other areas follow in their footsteps. Program resources targeting the early deployer community include technical documentation, webinars, and documented success stories.


As a first step, each site spent 12 months preparing a comprehensive deployment concept to ensure rapid and efficient connected vehicle capability roll-out. The sites are now completing a 24 month phase to design, build, and test these deployments of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies. As of Fall 2018, the sites are entering into the third phase of the deployment where the tested connected vehicle systems will be operational for a minimum 18-month period and system impact will be monitored on a set of key performance measures.

Please explore this site for a more detailed description of CV Pilots objectives, phases, and research progress. We will continue to upload relevant program information for public consumption as it becomes available. For inquiries regarding the individual pilots, please contact the respective Point of Contacts: NYCDOT pilot – Wesam Daraghmeh, WDaraghmeh@dot.nyc.gov and Mohamad Talas,Mtalas@dot.nyc.gov; Tampa (THEA) pilot – Steve Novosad, snovosad@hntb.com; WYDOT pilot – dot-cvpilot@wyo.gov.

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May
5

Costco Auto Program

Buying hybrid vehicles can seem a bit daunting however not within the method in what you could suppose, the complication in buying a Hybrid automotive is which one it’s best to select. It’s important that a vehicle have a source of power to drive it. Power will be extracted from exterior sources, as within the circumstances of a sailboat , a solar-powered automobile , or an electric streetcar that makes use of overhead traces. I recommend that you activate the Fridge, any TVs and different accessories, even the Sizzling Water Heater before you attempt to begin the AC. This ought to be a extremely good test of the campers energy sustem as well as the AC itself.

The very first thing you’ll discover – trying on the backside line, value per mile – is that each one the fuel efficient vehicles being compared have roughly related possession costs, as soon as all driving components are considered. In recent times the addition of driver behaviour knowledge capture and incar feedback units have dramatically increased the amount of savings corporations can make.

Vehicles exceeding dimensions for the vehicle class booked are topic to supplements and should be declared on the time of booking. Whether or not you run a transportation enterprise with a fleet of various vehicles or have a car meant for family use, figuring out the place and the way the machine is getting used may give you better insight into managing the vehicle.

However its use will not be limited to just giving the drivers of the vehicle routing information. The automobile was bought in CALIFORNIA, USA or ONTARIO, CANADA – See the section below on the CALIFORNIA Automobile Purchaser’s Bill of Rights or the ONTARIO Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

If the goal is a cautious driver then making an erratic sudden U-flip will alert a surveillance vehicle following. Firms that have 25 or more vehicles which can be charged Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax (CVET) should register these vehicles with the Department of Revenue Motor Provider Services (DOR-MCS).

Expensive vehicles (just like the Chevy Volt) will take an even bigger cost hit in our simulation unless loan charges are affordable. Many GPS vehicle trackers today come geared up with telematics features including vehicle diagnostics, engine temperature indicators, gasoline gauge, engine oil stage displays and more.…