CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JULY 14–16 ARKANSAS TRUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP Rogers, Ark.
AUGUST 10–14 NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS Indianapolis, Ind.
AUGUST 25 MAINTENANCE & TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 8 ATA-PAC FALL GOLF TOURNAMENT Fianna Hills Country Club Fort Smith, Ark.
SEPTEMBER 11–17 NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK
SEPTEMBER 15 ATA & TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY TA/Petro, North Little Rock, Ark.
SEPTEMBER 18–22 2016 CVSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION Little Rock, Ark.
SEPTEMBER 19–22 AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS’ TECHNOLOGY & MAINTENANCE COUNCIL (TMC) FALL MEETING & TMC SUPERTECH Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, N.C.
OCTOBER 1–4 AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS’ MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas, Nev.
OCTOBER 12–14 NATMI FLEET MAINTENANCE CERTIFICATION Little Rock, Ark.
OCTOBER 15 ATA RAZORBACK TAILGATE Fayetteville, Ark.
NEWS IN BRIEF, Continued from page 13
Ford Motor Co. has planned an
experiment where pickups will be elec- tronically tethered to drones in rugged, natural disaster zones. The Rwandan government plans
to begin using Zipline drones later this year to transport blood to 21 medical facilities located in the western half of the country. The operation is expected to save
thousands of lives over the next three years, UPS said. It may also serve as a model for other countries. “The inability to deliver life-saving
medicines to the people who need them the most causes millions of preventable
which supporters say could alleviate traffic for commuters and help efforts to expand mass transit in the region. The commission approved partner-
ing with Metroplan, the planning orga- nization for the central Arkansas area, to study adding “high occupancy toll” lanes to Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline and Lonoke counties. The study will likely take six months to a year to complete. “There are a lot of things being
done in urban areas around the coun- try, and we want to see if it could be implemented in Arkansas and how it would work,” Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett said. Arkansas currently doesn’t have
deaths each year,” said Keller Rinaudo, chief executive of Zipline. “The work of this partnership will help solve that problem once and for all.” UPS is supporting the Rwanda ini-
tiative with an $800,000 grant. While this project has a humani-
tarian motive, UPS is closely watch- ing how drones can be used to deliver goods.
TOLL LANES TO BE STUDIED IN ARKANSAS… AGAIN The Arkansas Highway Commission
has voted to study adding part-time toll lanes to Little Rock area freeways,
any toll lanes in the state, though the idea has been debated in the past. Bennett said the department is current- ly studying HOT lanes for a portion of Interstate 30 between south Little Rock and Benton. McKenzie and Bennett said the
study would look at pricing options for using the HOT lane, demand for such a lane and who can have access to the lane during non-peak hours. In a letter to Bennett in March, McKenzie also said the time the lane is tolled could expand as demand grows. McKenzie said the lanes are far
from a certainty and cautioned drivers to not expect to pay for driving on any of the region’s highways anytime soon.
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