ARLINGTON, Va. — Increasing gross vehicle weights (GVWs) on Maine Interstates affords the trucking industry the chance to improve its miles per gallon by 14-21% and reduce its CO2 emissions by 6-11%, according to a study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
The study used simulation modeling to compare the slightly longer Interstate route to the state highway route and found that there were significant advantages to travelling the Interstate.
“This research quantifies how the mutual goals of resource conservation and emission reductions could be advanced by allowing Maine to apply state weight laws to its Interstate highways,” said Mike Card, president, Combined Transport and a member of ATRI’s board of directors.
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