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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.

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.

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.

Lawmakers Prepare to Conference Highway Bill

November 16, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare to Conference Highway Bill

The House of Representatives returns from a week-long recess today and is expected to begin negotiating a six-year highway bill with the Senate in an effort to finalize an agreement on a multi-year highway bill by Nov. 20, when current spending authority on the Highway Trust Fund expires.

Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Tolling Amendments

October 21, 2015

Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Tolling Amendments

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates urged members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to reject any amendments to the its multi-year highway bill that would expand the federal tolling pilot program or divert revenue away from the toll road on which it was collected during today’s mark up.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Senate EPW to Reject Tolling Expansion

June 18, 2015

Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Senate EPW to Reject Tolling Expansion

NATSO joined more than 80 organizations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to reject expanding tolling on existing interstates when it marks up a long-term highway bill June 24.

Expanded Tolling Would Harm Business, President of Melvin Davis Oil Says

May 8, 2015

Expanded Tolling Would Harm Business, President of Melvin Davis Oil Says

Tolling existing interstates would put businesses at a competitive disadvantage by forcing them to increase wages to attract and retain a workforce, Rex Davis, president of Melvin L. Davis Oil said during a recent interview with WWBT NBC 12.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Keep Tolls Off of Existing Interstates

April 9, 2015

Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Keep Tolls Off of Existing Interstates

Stripping away federal funding for surface transportation projects and eliminating the federal government’s constitutionally mandated role in promoting interstate commerce would burden states and open the door for widespread tolling of existing interstates, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) wrote in a recent editorial.

Transportation Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Devolution of Federal Highway Program

March 12, 2015

Transportation Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Devolution of Federal Highway Program

NATSO joined a coalition of transportation, construction and business groups in urging Congress to oppose the devolution of the federal highway program and the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), saying they would strip away most federal funding for surface transportation projects and eliminate the federal government’s constitutionally mandated role in promoting interstate commerce.

Tolls Hit Family Budgets With Double Whammy, Coalition Says

December 21, 2014

Tolls Hit Family Budgets With Double Whammy, Coalition Says

Tolling interstates to generate revenue for infrastructure funding would hit families with a double whammy by reducing disposable income while increasing retail prices for consumers, according to the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI).

Tolling Interstates: Crony Capitalism at Its Worst

November 21, 2014

Tolling Interstates: Crony Capitalism at Its Worst

Tolling existing interstates represents crony capitalism at its worst and threatens the financial foundation of working families, commuters and businesses, according to a recent editorial published in the conservative publication Bearing Drift.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Disputes Credibility of Tolling Industry Survey

September 12, 2014

Anti-Tolling Coalition Disputes Credibility of Tolling Industry Survey

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, disputed a poll released by HNTB Toll Services that mischaracterized the public’s desire for tolling.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to MassDOT's Call for Expanded Tolling

August 8, 2014

Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to MassDOT's Call for Expanded Tolling

Placing tolls on existing interstates is fiscally imprudent and will jeopardize public safety, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (AFTI) said in a recent editorial that appeared in Roll Call, a Washington, D.C., newspaper covering Capitol Hill.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to Highway Funding Letter

July 25, 2014

Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to Highway Funding Letter

The Alliance for Toll Free Interstates (ATFI) held the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) in check this week after the group issued a misleading statement aimed at steering Congressional highway discussions toward tolling.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Praises Senate Transportation Legislation; Criticizes Administration’s Tolling Plan

May 16, 2014

Anti-Tolling Coalition Praises Senate Transportation Legislation; Criticizes Administration’s Tolling Plan

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates praised the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) for putting forward transportation legislation that would fund highway infrastructure without tolling existing interstate highways.

Tolls Harm Motorists, Businesses

May 8, 2014

Tolls Harm Motorists, Businesses

The Obama Administration’s proposal to lift the long-standing ban on tolling existing interstates will significantly increase costs for motorists while expanding an inefficient means of collecting highway revenues, Rex Davis, President of Davis Oil, said during a recent radio interview.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes President's Proposal to Toll Existing Interstates

May 2, 2014

Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes President's Proposal to Toll Existing Interstates

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) expressed opposition to the Obama Administration's Grow America Act, which would lift the decades-old ban on tolling existing federal interstate capacity, allow states to divert toll revenue to unrelated projects, and require the use of all-electronic tolling.

N.Y. Times Highlights Tolling Opposition

April 4, 2014

N.Y. Times Highlights Tolling Opposition

Tolling existing interstates to fund infrastructure projects would cost fuel retailers, fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses along interstate routes billions, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) told the New York Times.

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