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  • Small trucking companies worry about the possibility of I-81 tolls

    05/08/2018 11:17:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WHSV 3 ^ | April 19, 2018 | Monica Casey
    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Lawmakers are searching for a solution to traffic and accidents on Interstate 81. One bill introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain proposes conducting a study of the effects of adding tolls for long haul trucks. The money from the tolls would go toward improving the interstate through Virginia. Senate Bill 971 passed the Virginia Senate unanimously, passed the House on a 95-3 vote with an amendment by Del. Tony Wilt, and then was agreed upon by both chambers. On April 4, Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law. The Virginia Department of Transportation has reported...
  • Ford CEO Hackett's decision to dump cars 'may prove fatal'

    05/04/2018 6:49:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 1, 2018 | Bill George
    Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, just announced a bold strategic move for America's most enduring automaker: abandoning the car business. Hackett completely reversed former CEO Alan Mulally's full-line strategy to focus on trucks and SUVs. A 3 percent jump in Ford's stock price validated Hackett's decision, but that adrenaline shot could be short-lived. Jettisoning automobiles may prove fatal for Ford, leaving the market to GM and foreign producers. Bowing to short-term shareholder pressures that felled predecessor Mark Fields, Hackett is undoing 115 years of Ford's automobile legacy. Unlike General Motors CEO Mary Barra, labelled a "car gal" for her 38...
  • GDOT Proposes Trucks Only Interstate: No Cars Allowed

    02/16/2018 7:45:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    Construction Equipment ^ | February 7, 2018 | Construction Equipment
    Atlanta's traffic is legendary and the Georgia DOT says the increase in truck traffic needs to be addressed. Because the Port of Savannah and the Panama Canal have been deepened, more freight is coming in which translates to more semi-trucks traveling in and out of the Atlanta hub. GDOT estimates trucks carry 75 percent of the freight in Georgia and expects truck traffic to double by 2040.GDOT is in the early stages of planning the I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes project. The interstate will stretch from metro Atlanta 40 miles south to Macon. GDOT Operations Director John Hibbard says it would...
  • Virginia lawmakers ask Congress to take action on Interstate 81

    02/15/2018 7:50:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 19 News ^ | January 26, 2018 | Caleb Stewart
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A group of 16 Virginia lawmakers has penned a letter to Virginia's Congressional Delegation (comprised of Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Barbara Comstock, and Morgan Griffith) asking for federal assistance to improve Interstate 81. The interstate has long been a source of frustration for people in the Shenandoah Valley, with the Virginia Department of Transportation reporting at least a 12-percent increase in traffic in just the past five years and a 55-percent increase of delays from crashes, construction, or bad weather. In 2014, Delegate Steve Landes introduced a state budget item...
  • Construction begins on truck toll gantries (Rhode Island)

    02/14/2018 7:48:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    ABC 6 News ^ | February 12, 2018 | Rebecca Turco
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Construction has begun on Rhode Island's new tractor trailer tolling system.The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) crews began installing the first two of 14 planned gantry locations by Exits 2 and 5 on Interstate 95.Lane closures are in effect through next week, then the contractor will test the new system for about a month. These gantries are expected to begin charging trucks by mid-March, once everything is working properly.The ongoing construction is not halting the plans of the Rhode Island Trucking Association (RITA) to sue the state. "It's discriminatory," said RITA President Chris Maxwell. You can't...
  • Nafta Talks Have High Stakes for Two Texas Bridge Owners

    12/04/2017 10:49:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 23, 2017 | Natalie Kitroeff
    RIO GRANDE CITY, Tex. — Caught quite literally in the middle of the international debate over the way the United States trades with its southern neighbor are two Texans named Sam. Sam Vale and Sam Sparks Jr. own two bridges that stretch across the Rio Grande, connecting farmers on either side with markets on the other, and linking communities in South Texas and northern Mexico that sometimes meet in the middle. Major retailers and manufacturers are mobilizing to keep the deal alive and to protest rules that could make it more expensive to bring parts and products in from Mexico....
  • Study shows the car you drive may reveal who you voted for

    11/29/2017 4:22:23 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 116 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 29, 2017 | By Michael McLaughlin
    Stanford University researcher used a computer algorithm to determined whether a neighborhood leaned to the left or right by looking at vehicles in 50 millions of images from Google Street View in 200 American cities. When sedans outnumbered pickup trucks, there was an 88 percent chance the city would vote Democratic. In areas with more pickup trucks, the odds switched to 82 percent in favor of Republicans, the researchers concluded.
  • The toll of driving

    11/29/2017 1:04:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | November 12, 2017 | Karen Francisco
    Take Interstate 65 south across the Ohio River and you might not notice you've just spent $4. No toll booth stands between the Indiana border and Louisville. Motorists who frequently travel the route likely have a transponder device, with the cost charged automatically to their account. For those without a transponder, a camera captures a license plate photo and the tolling system operator, with access to motor vehicle records, sends a bill to the vehicle's registered owner. As technological advances make highway and bridge tolling easier and more efficient, technology also is delivering more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. The gasoline-tax...
  • First Car

    11/10/2017 6:19:44 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 202 replies
    10 November 2017 | Army Air Corps
    Calling All Freeper Gearheads! Let's talk about first cars! What was you first vehicle? What did you like most about the car? What drove you nuts? Do you wish that you still had it?
  • Europeans Slowly Fall Victim to Pickup Truck Fever

    11/07/2017 2:28:56 AM PST · by jjotto · 102 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | November 6, 2017 | Steph Willems
    Don’t worry, they aren’t suffering. As shown by the rise of pickup trucks as daily drivers and family haulers in North America, Europe’s burgeoning love affair with versatile light trucks isn’t hurting the owners. It’s traditional passengers car makers who must worry. Sales stats arriving from the Continent show a marketplace that’s increasingly different from years gone by. The increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers in the land of diesels, manual transmissions, and small displacements is nothing new, but the exploding popularity of honest-to-God pickups is. According to JATO Dynamics data published by Automotive News Europe, midsize pickup sales in...
  • I-Con of Danger; part one (Dangerous highway in Indiana)

    11/05/2017 11:11:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    WTHI-TV 10 ^ | November 2, 2017 | Rondrell Moore
    VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It's the interstate many of you have sworn to never travel again. Just this summer, Interstate 70 was the host of several horrific accidents, in a matter of days. But why is that? That is why we are taking a look into what makes I-70 so dangerous. ----------- They are the titans of the road; the giants of the interstate. They are semis. “…semis carry 80 thousand pounds of weight.” Big to all, scary to some. But to Corban Matney, they're a way of life. "Altogether, I've been driving about 30 years." As a semi-truck...
  • Spooky Travels and related matters

    11/03/2017 6:41:05 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 10 replies
    3 November 2017 | Army Air Corps
    Calling all FReeper gearheads! Last week, I skipped my usual Friday gearhead post (I had a heck of a lot on my plate). Anyway, I thought that since we had Halloween a few days ago that this would be a good opportunity to swap spooky automotive stories. I think that most of us have had some travels that included some strange, bizarre, or spooky things. Also, I know that many of us are eager to share some spooky stories about vehicles that we have owned or those that friends and family have owned. So, in the spirit of this post,...
  • I swear, it was possessed

    10/20/2017 6:23:43 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 87 replies
    20 Oct. 2017 | Y'all
    Calling all Freeper Motorheads! Have y'all ever owned a vehicle that you could just swear was possessed on some level? Was there some puzzling quirk that vexed you, and seemed to defeat every attempt to remedy? Let's talk vehicles that seemed to be possessed.
  • The most fun

    10/13/2017 8:02:47 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 62 replies
    13 October 2017 | Army Air Corps
    Calling all Freeper gearheads! What is the most fun that you have ever had in a motor vehicle? Was it a marathon road trip with family or friends? Was is a Saturday afternoon drive along a twisting, winding road? What was it and what was the vehicle?
  • US pickup truck buyers demanding more luxury

    10/12/2017 1:04:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 210 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 12, 2017 | Dee-Ann Durbin, Automotive Writer, The Associated Press
    Heated and cooled seats. Backup cameras. Panoramic glass roofs. Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that's what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's more than the starting price of luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GLC or the Lexus RX. In 2016, pickup trucks made up a little more than a third of all vehicles that sold for over $50,000. At the State Fair of Texas this month, Ford Motor Co. is displaying its most expensive pickup yet: The F-Series Super...
  • Have you ever...

    10/06/2017 7:14:37 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 113 replies
    6 October 2017 | Army Air Corps and fellow Freepers
    Calling all Freeper motorheads! Have any of your ever truly coveted a car, truck, SUV, or van? If so, lets talk the objects of your desire.
  • The $100,000 Luxury Ford F-450 Truck: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    09/29/2017 12:13:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | September 28, 2017 | David Tracy
    It is time. We knew the luxo-truck onslaught that’s been wreaking havoc across this great nation was going to bring us to this moment. But now, it’s finally here: Ford has thrown down the gauntlet with its new “Super Duty Limited” line, whose crown jewel is an F-450 that can cost over $100,000. With the Texas State Fair coming up tomorrow, Ford’s new Super Duty Limited line offers Texans three new ways to waste spend their hard-earned cash on Super Duty trucks. They can buy an $80,835 F-250 Super Duty Limited, an $82,010 F-350 Super Duty Limited, or the crème...
  • Most memorable road trip

    09/23/2017 5:16:04 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 56 replies
    all Y'all | 23 Sept. 2017 | Army Air Corps
    This is a continuation of last night's thread on your favourite car for road trips. Tonight. I ask y'all to share stories of your most memorable road trips. These trips could be memorable for all the best reasons, for all the wrong reasons, or for the most amusing reasons.
  • Road trip

    09/22/2017 6:40:35 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 100 replies
    All y'all | 22 Sept. 2017 | Army Air Corps
    Calling all FR motorheads! It is time once again for some car talk. Tonight, I ask the following question: What was/is your favourite vehicle for road trips?
  • Of all the cars

    09/08/2017 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 146 replies
    Various | 8 September 2017 | Army Air Corps
    And now, for something a bit amusing for a Friday. This is a call to all automotive enthusiasts, motorheads, car nuts, etc. I ask the following question: Of all the vehicles that you have driven, what car (or truck) have you owned that you loved in spite of its faults, quirks, and foibles? As a follow-up question, what made that flawed vehicle so endearing to you?