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Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

January 30, 2017

Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Senate Democrats on Jan. 24 introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, laying down a marker for President Donald Trump, who pledged to introduce a massive infrastructure package during his first 100 days in office.

Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

January 18, 2017

Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

An overwhelming majority of the general public ranks infrastructure investment as a top priority provided it comes in the form of new direct federal spending, according to a new poll conducted for Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public health.

Chao Says Infrastructure Plan to Leverage Private Investment

January 12, 2017

Chao Says Infrastructure Plan to Leverage Private Investment

Elaine Chao, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation, said the Trump Administration would leverage private investment along with direct federal spending to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

January 9, 2017

Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

In the days after real estate mogul Donald J. Trump was elected President, I received dozens of phone calls and emails from NATSO members who were excited about the prospects of a Trump Administration. Although there are certainly many reasons why most of NATSO’s membership was pleased with the results on Election Day, high on all of their lists was the fact that Donald Trump advocates a $1 trillion infrastructure investment over the course of a decade.

President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

January 5, 2017

President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

Republican Leadership indicated that a massive infrastructure plan may not be the first order of business when President-elect Donald Trump takes office, despite campaign promises that a $1 trillion infrastructure package would be delivered within his first 100 days.

Tolling: Could It Happen to You?

January 1, 2017

Tolling: Could It Happen to You?

Think your truckstop is safe from tolls just because you aren’t located on a toll road? Think again.

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

November 30, 2016

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary under George W. Bush and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as his Secretary of Transportation.

President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

November 14, 2016

President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, it is clear that the President-elect places a high priority on infrastructure spending. "We are going to . . . rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it," Trump said in his victory speech.

Donald Trump Elected President, GOP Retains Majorities in Senate and House

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump Elected President, GOP Retains Majorities in Senate and House

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. His victory has stunned pollsters, political prognosticators, and represents a severe rebuke to the political and media establishment. Voters have selected the ultimate political outsider.

NATSO, Rhode Island Trucking Association to Host Anti-Tolling Rally

October 13, 2016

NATSO, Rhode Island Trucking Association to Host Anti-Tolling Rally

The Rhode Island Trucking Association and NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truckstops, announced today that they will host an informational rally and press conference Oct. 18 to discuss the devastating effects that "RhodeWorks" -- the Rhode Island Department of Transportation's truck-only tolling plan -- will have on local businesses and commercial truck drivers that operate within the state of Rhode Island.

U.S. DOT Approves Rhode Island's Truck-Only Toll Plan

October 7, 2016

U.S. DOT Approves Rhode Island's Truck-Only Toll Plan

The Federal Highway Administration has approved Rhode Island's truck-only tolling plan, enabling the controversial project to proceed.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Questions Indiana Commission’s Secret Meeting on Road Funding Proposals

September 6, 2016

Anti-Tolling Coalition Questions Indiana Commission’s Secret Meeting on Road Funding Proposals

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI), of which NATSO is a founding member, questioned a special commission of the Indiana Senate for its decision to hold a private meeting to determine road-funding proposals for the legislature to consider in 2017.

Tolling Harms Business and Communities, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

June 3, 2016

Tolling Harms Business and Communities, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

Tolling Wisconsin’s existing Interstates will hurt the economy, double tax motorists and harm the communities burdened by traffic diverted onto secondary roads, Jim Goetz, co-president of Goetz Cos., recently wrote in an editorial published in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Kenly 95 Questions N.C. Transportation Leaders Eyeing Tolls

April 29, 2016

Kenly 95 Questions N.C. Transportation Leaders Eyeing Tolls

North Carolina must find a more efficient and economically beneficial solution to the state’s transportation funding problems other than resurrecting the specter of tolling existing interstates, Ernie Brame, General Manager at Kenly 95 Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., recently wrote in a letter to the News & Observer.

April 3, 2016

Tolls Hurt Working Class; Kill All-American Road Trip

The Vermont Sun Eagle recently threw its support behind efforts to limit tolling on existing interstates when Editor Louis Varricchio penned an editorial highlighting the negative effects of tolls on the traveling public and the public’s desire for an alternative to tolling.

States Continue to Eye Tolling

March 28, 2016

States Continue to Eye Tolling

Although Congress passed a 5-year highway bill in late 2015, state departments of transportation (DOTs) continue searching for ways to increase highway investment. Several states are exploring tolling options on interstate highways as a possible funding mechanism.

March 11, 2016

Anti-Tolling Coalition Member Slams Rhode Island Tolling Plan

Chris Maxwell, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, sharply criticized the state’s RhodeWorks plan arguing that it’s bad public policy that will hurt the state’s economy, drive up the costs of goods and jeopardize safety.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Tolling

December 7, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Tolling

Congress recently passed the first long-term highway bill in a decade. The more than 1,300 page bill contains a number of significant policy changes, some directly related to transportation policy, others less so. This week, NATSO is taking a "deep dive" on different components of the highway bill. Today, the topic is Tolling.

House Passes Transportation Bill

November 6, 2015

House Passes Transportation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 363-64 Nov. 5 in favor of a six-year, $325 billion transportation bill, clearing the way for the House and the Senate to finalize a long-term highway bill before highway spending authority expires Nov. 20.

House Committee Passes Six-Year Highway Bill

October 23, 2015

House Committee Passes Six-Year Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 22 overwhelmingly approved via voice-vote a six-year, $325 billion surface transportation bill that largely maintains baseline funding for highway and transit projects. The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3763, is a companion bill to the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July. With just one week remaining until the current extension expires, however, NATSO anticipates that Congress will pass another short-term extension to highway law.

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