Research

The NATSO Foundation is recognized as the respected source of information on the travel plaza and truck stop industry and has produced 7 valuable studies in 10 years.

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2003 Fueling American Prosperity: How Rest Area Commercialization will Devastate the Economic Contributions of Interstate Business

The University of Maryland was contracted to work on an updated version of the 1997 Fueling American Prosperity. This study demonstrated how much revenue interstate businesses generate for the United States economy and what will happen if the ban on rest area commercialization is lifted.
2003 Fueling American Prosperity: How Rest Area Commercialization Will Devastate the Economic Contributions of Interstate Business: $75

2001 More Than Fuel: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Non-Fuel Sales at Truckstops and Travel Plazas

Done by the University of Nebraska, this study examines factors influencing non-fuel sales at truck stops and travel plazas, and attempts to anticipate future demand.
2001 More than Fuel: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Non-Fuel Sales at Truckstops and Travel Plazas: $50

2000 Journal of Transportation Research

Both include studies on fleet fuel purchasing, technology trends, NAFTA issues, a profile of Truckstop Driver customers to name a few.
2000 Journal of Transportation Research: $50

1999 Journal of Transportation Research

1999 Journal of Transportation Research: $50

1997 Fueling American Prosperity: The Economic Significance of Interstate Business

Based on research by the University of Maryland, this study measures interstate activity and quantifies its impact on the American economy. This study breaks new ground by studying the growth of interchange business serving highway travelers as well as traditional methods.

The studies findings were released at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC and were reported in newspapers across the country including front-page coverage in the Wall Street Journal.
1997 Fueling American Prosperity: The Economic Significance of Interstate Businesses: $50

1995 Factor’s Affecting The Industry

Prepared by the premier research firm of Arthur D. Little, the report analyzes the outlook for truck traffic; inter-model activities; communications; intelligent highways; legislation; non-trucking customers; competition and more.
1995 Factors Affecting the Travel Plaza Industry: $50

1993 Operating Ratios Study

In conjunction with the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche, the Foundation prepared this report which examined operating ratios of travel plazas and truckstops, identified characteristics of high-profit truckstops, and provided a detailed look at operational characteristics and demographics.
1993 Cost of Doing Business Study: $25