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Fuel efficiency and City of Portland trucks

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

Let me start off by saying that I really appreciate what all of the folks over at the City of Portland do to keep our city streets in good repair, and our parks beautiful. They’ve been working hard to update the park by my house, and I just know that it’ll be gorgeous when it’s all done.

That being said, there are areas where the city could improve. Mostly it’s in the area of efficiency. With all of the talks about how the city and state are strapped when it comes to diesel fuel costs, you’d think that the city would take a proactive approach to utilize the assets that they do have as well as possible.

Today when out on a short walk to get some lunch I spotted three trucks parked on the side of the road with their engines running. There wasn’t a city employee in sight. No one in the trucks, and no one using the bucket on the crane. The flashing lights were going round and round, which seemed unnecessary since the workers had also put out orange cones to warn passing traffic. Why waste diesel fuel that now costs over $3.50 a gallon. And heck, couldn’t those lights run off of a battery? Sheesh.

Check these three trucks out:

And, a half an hour later two of the trucks were still there. No workers in sight. Still idling. Wasteful.