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FHWA Blocks Commercialization of Signs on the Public Right of Way

July 7, 2017

FHWA Blocks Commercialization of Signs on the Public Right of Way

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently rejected a request from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to display commercial logos on electronic message signs, confirming an earlier ruling by the agency not to allow advertising on highway signs.

Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

June 14, 2017

Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO led a diverse coalition including restaurants, fuel retailers, city governments, trucking firms and blind entrepreneurs in urging key lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as Congress considers infrastructure legislation.

Commercial Rest Areas Harm Business and Halt Business Investment

April 24, 2017

Commercial Rest Areas Harm Business and Halt Business Investment

Permitting the government to compete with private, off-highway businesses would result in higher costs for consumers, lost revenues for towns and localities nationwide, shuttered small businesses and lost jobs, a top truckstop official said in a recent letter published in the Washington Examiner.

NATSO Urges House Transportation Committee to Oppose Legislation to Commercialize Rest Areas

April 7, 2017

NATSO Urges House Transportation Committee to Oppose Legislation to Commercialize Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of trade associations representing hundreds of thousands of small businesses in urging members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to oppose H.R. 1990, recently introduced by Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.), that would permit commercial services such as convenience stores and restaurants at Interstate rest areas. NATSO was joined in signing the letter by the National Federation of the Blind, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Council of Chain Restaurants, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America.

NATSO Discusses Rest Area Commercialization, Truck Parking With DOT

December 18, 2016

NATSO Discusses Rest Area Commercialization, Truck Parking With DOT

NATSO met with various Department of Transportation officials last week to discuss a number of issues concerning the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Tell DOT Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

December 13, 2016

Tell DOT Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

As NATSO has previously reported, the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting public input regarding expanding the types of goods and services that may be offered at highway rest areas located on the Interstate right-of-way. This is a potentially critical development for the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

NATSO Urges FHWA to Force New York State to Comply With Rest Area Commercialization Prohibition

November 22, 2016

NATSO Urges FHWA to Force New York State to Comply With Rest Area Commercialization Prohibition

NATSO has learned that the state of New York is violating the federal ban on commercializing interstate rest areas by selling food and beverages at newly-constructed welcome centers and rest areas along the Interstate Highway System right-of-way.

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.

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