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FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

September 25, 2017

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill.

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.

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.

KDOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

March 7, 2014

KDOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Kansas 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.

MDOT To Add 40 Truck Parking Spaces at I-95 Welcome Center

September 10, 2012

MDOT To Add 40 Truck Parking Spaces at I-95 Welcome Center

MDOT announced plans to expand truck parking spaces at the I-95 South Welcome Center on Interstate 95.

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.

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