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NATSO Urges House T&I Committee to Maintain Prohibitions on Commercial Rest Areas, Tolling in Infrastructure Legislation

May 11, 2019

NATSO Urges House T&I Committee to Maintain Prohibitions on Commercial Rest Areas, Tolling in Infrastructure Legislation

NATSO on May 10 submitted its comments in response to a request for stakeholder input from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with regard to the Committee’s work on infrastructure this Congress.

Wall Street Journal Publishes Anti-Tolling Coalition Letter

April 18, 2019

Wall Street Journal Publishes Anti-Tolling Coalition Letter

Tolling existing interstates represents a veiled supply-chain tax that makes businesses less competitive and drives up the cost of living wherever they are located, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) said in a recent letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal.

Executives Explore Changing Driver Needs

February 12, 2019

Executives Explore Changing Driver Needs

Hours-of-service requirements, electronic logging devices and e-commerce are all changing professional drivers’ operating environment, and the changing market dynamics are resulting in new opportunities for truckstop and travel plaza operators. During NATSO Connect, NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings sat down with Dave Manning, president of TCW Inc. and Immediate Past Chairman of the American Trucking Associations and Dan Murray, vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute, to discuss the latest trends among truck drivers.

First House Transportation Hearing Addresses Infrastructure Funding Issues

February 8, 2019

First House Transportation Hearing Addresses Infrastructure Funding Issues

In the first of a series of Congressional hearings that will lay the groundwork for Congress to draft infrastructure legislation, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 7 heard from elected officials as well as members of the private sector. Among those who testified were Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and UPS Freight President Rich McArdle, who testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Witnesses were pressed to address their positions on various funding options, including whether increasing the motor fuels taxes, tolling or public private partnerships were viable methods for funding the nation’s long-term infrastructure needs.

VA. General Assembly Tables I-81 Tolls This Session

February 1, 2019

VA. General Assembly Tables I-81 Tolls This Session

Efforts to toll Interstate 81 in Virginia appear to have been put on hold this legislative session after the Virginia Senate Finance Committee adopted a substitute measure that establishes the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund but does not identify any funding options for improving Interstate 81.

Va. Lawmakers Introduce I-81 Tolling Legislation

January 17, 2019

Va. Lawmakers Introduce I-81 Tolling Legislation

Va. State Senators Mark Obenshain and Charles Carrico introduced SB 1716 Jan. 16 to authorize the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to impose tolls on Interstate 81 and deposit the revenues into an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund.

Anti-tolling Coalition Pushes Back Against Va. Plans to Toll I-81

January 9, 2019

Anti-tolling Coalition Pushes Back Against Va. Plans to Toll I-81

Va. Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 8 announced plans to place tolls on existing lanes along Interstate 81 to fund $2.2 billion in improvements to the western Virginia highway.

Looking Ahead in 2019

January 2, 2019

Looking Ahead in 2019

The New Year will usher in a new chapter of the Trump Administration that will have wide-ranging consequences for NATSO’s policy priorities. Here is an overview of NATSO’s top legislative issues and their outlook for 2019.

RIDOT to Add 10 More Truck-Only Toll Gantries

December 20, 2018

RIDOT to Add 10 More Truck-Only Toll Gantries

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) said Dec. 20 that it would construct another 10 truck-only tolling gantries on Interstate 95 after the Federal Highway Administration reviewed its environmental assessment and issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact.”

Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes Truck Only Tolls on I-81 at Public Hearing

October 23, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes Truck Only Tolls on I-81 at Public Hearing

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) urged Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to refrain from charging tolls on commercial trucks to pay for $2 billion of improvements along Interstate-81.

FHWA Seeks Applicants for Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 4, 2018

FHWA Seeks Applicants for Failed Tolling Pilot Program

The Federal Highway Administration on Oct. 2 issued a notice soliciting State Department of Transportation participation in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP), which would permit three states to collect tolls on existing Interstate highways for the purposes of reconstructing on rehabilitating Interstate Highway corridors.

Seven States Eye Tolls

September 1, 2018

Seven States Eye Tolls

We all know that America’s infrastructure needs improvement. As time passes, it becomes more and more urgent for our elected officials to decide how best to finance the repairs and maintenance of the nation’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, far too many continue to consider placing tolls on existing interstates. Tolling is a failed policy. New tolls waste revenue, double tax drivers, create traffic diversion and severely hurt local economies. Our nation simply cannot afford for tolling to become synonymous with transportation financing.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

June 18, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, on June 15 urged Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to exclude recommendations for tolls from its upcoming I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which is due to the Virginia General Assembly later this year.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Chastises Rhode Island for Truck-Only Tolls

June 6, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Chastises Rhode Island for Truck-Only Tolls

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, sharply criticized the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) on June 5 for moving forward with truck-only tolling in the coming days, arguing that it is bad public policy that will reroute prosperity around the state.

House Committee to Craft Infrastructure Framework

May 22, 2018

House Committee to Craft Infrastructure Framework

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will start working on a framework for an infrastructure bill after the August recess, Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said May 22, effectively confirming that an infrastructure bill won’t move in earnest before 2019.

NATSO Day on the Hill Attendees Advocate for Sustainable Infrastructure Funding

May 18, 2018

NATSO Day on the Hill Attendees Advocate for Sustainable Infrastructure Funding

As NATSO members crisscrossed Capitol Hill to advocate for long-term, sustainable infrastructure funding, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said the Administration continues to evaluate nearly 16 funding mechanisms for boosting infrastructure revenues.

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2018

May 15, 2018

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2018

The truckstop and travel plaza industry kicked off its annual Day on Capitol Hill event May 15 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns about the Administration’s call to liberalize tolling policy and commercialize Interstate rest areas.

Infrastructure After Mid-term Elections, President Says

March 30, 2018

Infrastructure After Mid-term Elections, President Says

Lawmakers are unlikely to enact an infrastructure plan until after the 2018 midterm elections and ultimately it could come in the form of multiple bills rather than a single legislative package.

T&I Committee Chairman: Infrastructure Bill “Closer to Summer”

February 16, 2018

T&I Committee Chairman: Infrastructure Bill “Closer to Summer”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Feb. 15 that an infrastructure bill could be ready “closer to summer” now that the Trump Administration has unveiled its infrastructure proposal.

Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

February 12, 2018

Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 officially rolled out its proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, which contains several policy provisions that would crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

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