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DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

November 14, 2016

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on highways covering 25,000 miles in 35 states under an initiative to increase the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.

FHWA Unveils Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

November 3, 2016

FHWA Unveils Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this morning announced its initial round of alternative fuel corridor designations as Congressionally mandated under the December 2015 highway bill titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

NATSO Meets with U.S. DOT To Discuss Alternative Fuel Corridors, Rest Area Commercialization

November 1, 2016

NATSO Meets with U.S. DOT To Discuss Alternative Fuel Corridors, Rest Area Commercialization

NATSO met with key regulators in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Federal Highway Administration Oct. 27. The meeting's agenda was the proper implementation of a provision in the Highway Bill Congress passed last year directing DOT to establish "alternative fuel corridors" for alternative fueling stations.

U.S. Department of Transportation Considers Expanding Vending Options at Rest Areas

September 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Transportation Considers Expanding Vending Options at Rest Areas

In a potentially critical development for off-highway businesses such as travel plazas and truckstops, the U.S. Department of Transportation is soliciting public input regarding expanding the types of goods and services that may be offered at highway rest areas located on the right-of-way. The Department is specifically requesting input as to what constitutes a "vending machine," noting that technological advancements in this area have been significant in recent years.

Congress To Vote On Short-Term Funding Measure, Halting Highway Fund Increases

September 26, 2016

Congress To Vote On Short-Term Funding Measure, Halting Highway Fund Increases

Congress is expected to vote this week on a stopgap appropriations measure known as a "continuing resolution" (or "CR") to keep the government funded through mid-December. Although this will avoid a government shutdown, it will effectively freeze state and local transportation authorities' funding levels, denying them -- until at least December -- increases they had been anticipating.

NATSO Calls on DOT to Work With Exit-Based Businesses In Establishing Alternative Fuel Corridors

August 24, 2016

NATSO Calls on DOT to Work With Exit-Based Businesses In Establishing Alternative Fuel Corridors

NATSO called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with private, exit-based businesses within the confines of the existing law that prohibits the sale of fuel and other commercial services at rest areas as it seeks to identify and establish stretches of the National Highway System as alternative fuel corridors.

Federal Government Solicits Proposals for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations

July 29, 2016

Federal Government Solicits Proposals for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations

The solicitation for nominations for alternative fuel corridors coincides with the Obama Administration announcing that electric vehicle charging infrastructure may qualify for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees. NATSO has worked closely with the Department of Transportation on these issues.

NATSO Discusses Truck Parking, Rest Area Commercialization with Midwestern Governors Association

June 6, 2016

NATSO Discusses Truck Parking, Rest Area Commercialization with Midwestern Governors Association

Truckstops and travel plazas are a critical part of America's transportation network, providing hundreds of thousands of parking spaces for long-haul truckers to rest, NATSO president Lisa Mullings told a meeting of the Midwestern Governors Association. She told attendees about the NATSO Foundation’s plans to release Park My Truck, a mobile app to assist professional drivers looking for a place to park.

NATSO Opposes Efforts to Commercialize Interstates

June 6, 2016

NATSO Opposes Efforts to Commercialize Interstates

The California Senate on June 2 voted 19-17 against SB 1397, which would have permitted the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to seek federal approval to use commercial advertising on changeable message signs when they are not being used for safety or transportation-related messages.

NATSO Urges FHWA to Reject California Waiver on Interstate Advertising

May 13, 2016

NATSO Urges FHWA to Reject California Waiver on Interstate Advertising

NATSO urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to refrain from waiving the current prohibition on commercial advertising on the Interstate right-of-way if California passes pending legislation. The California Senate Transportation Committee recently approved SB 1397, which would permit the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to seek federal approval to use commercial advertising on changeable message signs when they are not being used for safety or transportation-related messages.

Michigan Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

June 26, 2014

Michigan Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Michigan marks the latest state to consider taking advantage of a provision under the last highway bill that allows states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas.

Lawmakers Eye Short-Term Bridge for Highway Trust Fund

June 20, 2014

Lawmakers Eye Short-Term Bridge for Highway Trust Fund

Lawmakers are eyeing a short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund in an effort to keep infrastructure funds flowing through the end of this year, BNA has reported.

Senate Finance Committee Aims to Move Transportation Funding Bill by July 4

June 6, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Aims to Move Transportation Funding Bill by July 4

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the Committee is working to move a highway and transit funding bill before the July 4 recess.

House Republicans Prepare One-Year Extension of Transportation Legislation

June 2, 2014

House Republicans Prepare One-Year Extension of Transportation Legislation

House Republican Leaders on May 30 said they will propose a one-year extension of surface transportation legislation paid for by trimming Saturday postal services and transferring the balance of the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund.

Senate Leaders Announce Tentative Highway Bill

April 10, 2014

Senate Leaders Announce Tentative Highway Bill

Leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced April 10 that they have reached a deal in principle on a new six-year transportation bill that they aim to move to the floor this summer.

Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

March 13, 2014

Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

Dwindling resources in the Highway Trust Fund could delay reimbursements to states, threatening jobs and infrastructure projects nationwide by summer, a Department of Transportation official told lawmakers March 12.

KDOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

March 7, 2014

KDOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Kansas marks the latest state to consider taking advantage of a provision under the last highway bill that allows states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas.

Tax Plans Spur Transportation Funding Debate

February 27, 2014

Tax Plans Spur Transportation Funding Debate

The long-standing debate over how to fund transportation was kicked into high gear Feb. 26, when President Obama and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp issued radically different tax plans for generating revenues for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire at the end of October.

Sen. Boxer Aims to Introduce Highway Bill in April

February 13, 2014

Sen. Boxer Aims to Introduce Highway Bill in April

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Feb. 12 that she aims to introduce a highway funding bill in April, more than six months before the current policy expires.

Kansas, Iowa to Close Some Rest Areas

January 8, 2014

Kansas, Iowa to Close Some Rest Areas

Several states, including Kansas and Iowa, are considering closing rest areas due to concerns over both costs and resources.

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