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Opposition to Tolling I-95 Continues to Rise

August 13, 2012

Opposition to Tolling I-95 Continues to Rise

Opposition to tolling Interstate 95 continues to rise, with the Ashland Town Council and the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization becoming the latest groups to join the growing chorus of voices against the project.

NATSO, Highway Users Express Concern Over Tolling Legislation

August 6, 2012

NATSO, Highway Users Express Concern Over Tolling Legislation

The House of Representatives passed legislation last week by voice vote that would broadly authorize discount programs for residents living in close proximity to tolls.

Opposition Continues to Grow Against Va. and N.C. I-95 Tolling Plans

August 6, 2012

Opposition Continues to Grow Against Va. and N.C. I-95 Tolling Plans

Opposition continues to grow against the Virginia and North Carolina Departments of Transportation's plans to toll Interstate 95 as a means of generating revenue for state infrastructure projects.

ODOT Effort to Commercialize Rest Areas Rejected

July 30, 2012

ODOT Effort to Commercialize Rest Areas Rejected

Efforts by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to commercialize five non-interstate rest areas have failed to gain traction with ODOT receiving no bids from developers in response to its request for proposal, although two companies expressed interest in advertising and sponsorship opportunities along the state's interstate highways.

Va. Rep. Forbes Voices Opposition to VDOT Tolling Plans

July 30, 2012

Va. Rep. Forbes Voices Opposition to VDOT Tolling Plans

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) last week expressed strong opposition to the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Interstate 95 tolling plan, saying it would discourage economic development and increase costs for area businesses.

Pennsylvania Signs Privatization Bill

July 9, 2012

Pennsylvania Signs Privatization Bill

The legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett gives Pennsylvania the ability to lease large-scale transportation assets to the private sector as a mechanism for raising funds for expansion and repair projects.

ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

July 2, 2012

ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

On June 28 ODOT held a sparsely attended meeting in Columbus for potential bidders on the rest area projects.

Let Freedom Ring!

July 1, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!

Rest area commercialization, tolling and excessive credit card fees are just some examples of obstacles that we as truckstop operators must overcome every day.

IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

June 18, 2012

IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Iowa DOT said it is seeking funds to help defray nearly $3.7 million in annual operation costs.

Virginia Officials: Leadership Lacking in Transportation Funding

June 11, 2012

Virginia Officials: Leadership Lacking in Transportation Funding

About 50 city and county leaders from Virginia gathered to brainstorm transportation funding issues.

Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

June 11, 2012

Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

It appears that negotiations on the transportation reauthorization legislation are stalling.

NATSO Opposes ODOT Plan to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

June 4, 2012

NATSO Opposes ODOT Plan to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

NATSO last week urged the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to reconsider plans to commercialize non-interstate rest areas throughout the state.

Federal and State Legislation Introduced to Block Tolls on I-95 in N.C.

June 4, 2012

Federal and State Legislation Introduced to Block Tolls on I-95 in N.C.

Lawmakers introduced several bills at the federal and state level in recent days aimed at limiting the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) ability to toll Interstate-95.

Highway Coalition Urges Highway Bill Conferees to Limit Tolling and Public-Private Partnerships

June 4, 2012

Highway Coalition Urges Highway Bill Conferees to Limit Tolling and Public-Private Partnerships

ASNHN urged the conference committee charged with working out the differences between the House and Senate transportation bills to maintain provisions that seek to limit the expansion of tolling and public-private partnerships (P3s).

ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

May 21, 2012

ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

Last week ODOT issued a request for information seeking input on an upcoming proposal to commercialize non-interstate rest areas across the state.

NATSO Pie Reception Featured in The Washington Scene

May 21, 2012

NATSO Pie Reception Featured in The Washington Scene

NATSO's annual Congressional Pie Reception featured in The Washington Scene.

Rep. Ellmers Seeks to Prevent Tolls on I-95

May 21, 2012

Rep. Ellmers Seeks to Prevent Tolls on I-95

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) says preventing the expansion of tolls in North Carolina is among her top legislative priorities.

House and Senate Begin to Conference Highway Bill

May 14, 2012

House and Senate Begin to Conference Highway Bill

Committee of lawmakers conferencing the House and Senate versions of the highway transportation reauthorization met for the first time early last week.

NATSO Kicks Off Annual Day on the Hill

May 14, 2012

NATSO Kicks Off Annual Day on the Hill

More than 50 NATSO members will make their annual pilgrimage to Washington, D.C for NATSO Day on Capitol Hill.

CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

May 7, 2012

CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

The Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWPMA) last week withdrew its bill HB-1136 "Prohibition on the Use of Public Land for Retail Sales" after Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman Rollie Heath said he would allow taxpayer dollars to be spent by government entities to compete against private companies.

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