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Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

December 8, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama contained several provisions that stand to affect the right-of-way on federal aid highways. Although the changes are not dramatic, because they could potentially affect the current ban on rest area commercialization, NATSO will play an active role in how they are implemented.

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.

NATSO Responds to Blog Calling for Commercial Rest Areas in Arizona

October 17, 2013

NATSO Responds to Blog Calling for Commercial Rest Areas in Arizona

A recent blog on Tucscon Citizen.com asked why the Arizona Department of Transportation can’t hire private companies to run businesses out of the state’s rest areas.

Arizona Implementing Rest Area Sponsorships

October 7, 2013

Arizona Implementing Rest Area Sponsorships

The Arizona Department of Transportation is set to implement a sponsorship and advertising program at its 14 rest areas after signing a five-year agreement with Infrastructure Corporation of America.

MDOT Seeks to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

July 30, 2013

MDOT Seeks to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that it is seeking to partner with public entities to privatize two of its non-interstate rest areas.

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

July 24, 2013

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) should work with existing interstate exit-based businesses to install electric car-charging stations rather than compete with the private sector by utilizing taxpayer dollars to establish them at rest areas, NATSO told the agency this week.

New Jersey to Allow Rest Area Sponsorships

July 8, 2013

New Jersey to Allow Rest Area Sponsorships

New Jersey is set to allow private companies to sponsor rest areas and service areas in return for their upkeep after the New Jersey Senate voted unanimously to advance a bill to Gov. Chris Christie that would authorize corporate sponsorship on rest areas along the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and other state-owned highways.

MoDOT Converts Rest Areas to Truck Parking Only Facilities

May 13, 2013

MoDOT Converts Rest Areas to Truck Parking Only Facilities

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced last week that it will convert two rest areas at Halltown on Interstate 44 into truck-parking only facilities rather than spend funds to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upgrades to the water and sewer systems. The rest areas currently offer parking for 37 trucks, which MoDot said it plans to expand.

New Jersey Senate Votes In Favor of Rest Area Sponsorships

March 18, 2013

New Jersey Senate Votes In Favor of Rest Area Sponsorships

The New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously last week to advance a bill to allow private companies to sponsor rest areas and service areas in return for upkeep of the facilities. S2514 next moves to the Senate floor. If approved there, the bill would advance to the Assembly for further consideration.

Tolling, Commercialization, Swipe Fees: NATSO Responds to Challenges in 2012

December 24, 2012

Tolling, Commercialization, Swipe Fees: NATSO Responds to Challenges in 2012

If there was ever a year when NATSO was challenged on all of its major issues, it was 2012. NATSO's top issues--rest area commercialization, tolling and credit card swipe fees--were all in play throughout the year, with a big test early in the year on the rest area commercialization issue. And though we passed the test, there is always more to be done. But NATSO moves into 2013 with optimism and momentum in a positive direction, committed to continue protecting the interests of Interstate-based businesses.

ODOT To Sell Advertising and Sponsorships at Interstate Rest Areas

September 24, 2012

ODOT To Sell Advertising and Sponsorships at Interstate Rest Areas

ODOT signs contract with Travelers Marketing to run an advertising, sponsorship and naming rights program for the state's rest areas.

Virginia Awards Rest Area Sponsorship Contract

September 10, 2012

Virginia Awards Rest Area Sponsorship Contract

VDOT recently awarded a corporate sponsorship contract for the state's 42 rest areas and welcome centers to CRH Catering of Connellsville, Pa.

ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

July 2, 2012

ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

On June 28 ODOT held a sparsely attended meeting in Columbus for potential bidders on the rest area projects.

IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

June 18, 2012

IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Iowa DOT said it is seeking funds to help defray nearly $3.7 million in annual operation costs.

Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

June 11, 2012

Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

It appears that negotiations on the transportation reauthorization legislation are stalling.

ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

May 21, 2012

ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

Last week ODOT issued a request for information seeking input on an upcoming proposal to commercialize non-interstate rest areas across the state.

CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

May 7, 2012

CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

The Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWPMA) last week withdrew its bill HB-1136 "Prohibition on the Use of Public Land for Retail Sales" after Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman Rollie Heath said he would allow taxpayer dollars to be spent by government entities to compete against private companies.

Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

May 1, 2012

Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

Marking a major victory for NATSO members, truckstops and travel plazas beat back the biggest threat interstate businesses have ever faced under a highway bill in March, when the Senate resoundingly rejected an amendment seeking to commercialize rest areas.

California Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

April 30, 2012

California Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

California Assemblyman Ben Hueso’s bill to commercialize the state's rest areas and pursue a waiver to the federal prohibition on the sale of commercial services on the interstate right-of-way failed last week in committee, marking a major victory for California’s fuel retailers.

Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Land

April 30, 2012

Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Land

The Colorado General Assembly last week passed legislation that prohibits fuel sales on public land.

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