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FHWA Unveils Second Round of Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

March 9, 2018

FHWA Unveils Second Round of Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 9 announced its second round of alternative fuel corridor designations as Congressionally mandated under the December 2015 highway bill titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition, Battle Tolling Initiatives

March 28, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition, Battle Tolling Initiatives

With the Trump Administration considering a $1 trillion infrastructure package that relies heavily on private dollars, governors, legislatures and transportation officials across the country already are laying the groundwork for new tolls.

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.

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.

NATSO Addresses DOT Truck Parking Meeting

October 6, 2016

NATSO Addresses DOT Truck Parking Meeting

NATSO on Oct. 5 participated in the fifth regional truck parking stakeholder meeting held by the Department of Transportation to address issues of capacity expansion, funding and finance, technology and data, as well as government coordination.

DOT: Insufficient Data to Recommend Truck Size and Weight Changes

April 22, 2016

DOT: Insufficient Data to Recommend Truck Size and Weight Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation on April 14 released its federally mandated study on truck size and weight, concluding that data is too insufficient to recommend any type of regulatory change.

Funding Opportunities for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

March 18, 2016

Funding Opportunities for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Eligible transportation projects in need of funding now have the opportunity to access roughly $2 billion in previously unused earmarks, under recently released guidance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Through this "repurposing," state and local governments can now access funding that has previously been earmarked for specific uses without having to go through a lengthy legislative process. This announcement comes pursuant to the 2016 Omnibus spending law that provided states authority to repurpose earmarked funds if the earmark is more than 10 years old with less than 10 percent of project funds obligated or if the project is closed.

DOT Recommends No Change to Truck Size and Weight Pending Better Data

June 5, 2015

DOT Recommends No Change to Truck Size and Weight Pending Better Data

The Department of Transportation on June 5 recommended lawmakers refrain from making changes to truck size and weight regulations at this time citing profound data limitations.