New Haven Port Seeks to Aid Truckers

The Port of New Haven has received $380,000 to build 14 electrification stations so truckers can park in comfort with engines off as they wait to load or unload cargo, according to the New Haven Register.

The newspaper said the funds, from a Connecticut state and federal partnership, allows the port to hire Control Module Industries to install the stations.

Drivers can hook up to the stations to provide air conditioning or heat into the truck's cab, as well as electricity for Internet access and television, the Register said.

New Haven laws prohibit truck idling. And the area around the port suffers from poor air quality because of its proximity to Interstate 95, the newspaper said.

Up to 600 trucks a day drive in and out of the Port of New Haven, the 44th largest in the country by volume and the busiest in the state, Judi Scheiffle, executive director of the New Haven Port Authority, told the Register.