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President Donald Trump Intends to Push a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. What Could it Mean for Truckstops?

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

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President Donald Trump intends to push a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that is expected to materialize this spring. The President’s plan for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is expected to rely on private investment instead of the federal government to back transportation projects.

Although formal details have yet to emerge, during his campaign President Trump spoke at a high level about infrastructure spending, saying it would focus on tax credits and private sector financing. These revenue schemes could lead to tolling or rest area commercialization, which NATSO opposes as they are harmful to interstate exit-based businesses.

On May 15–17, NATSO members will travel from across the United States to Washington, D.C. for NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill, to educate their elected officials about the critical role the truckstop industry plays in the U.S. economy as well as to discuss key industry challenges. Especially with this massive infrastructure package coming, we need truckstop's and travel's help to ensure our industry's collective voice is heard in the halls of Congress. Registration for NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill can be found here. 

Here’s a quick look at the impact that such revenue schemes would have on truckstops and travel plazas and their myriad profit centers.

Nearly 80,000 restaurants, gas stations and truck service businesses operate within a quarter mile of the Interstate Highway System employing 2 million Americans and contributing billions in state and local taxes.

Together, these businesses generate more than $250 billion in total sales annually, nearly three quarters of which is the result of fuel sales. 

NATSO prepared two infographics to help operators see how important their attendance at NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill really is. 

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Amy Toner

Amy Toner

Toner markets NATSO products, services and meetings. She is the content editor of NATSO's core websites, Stop Watch magazine and Highway Business Matters biweekly articles. In addition, she provides creative services across all departments. Toner joined NATSO in 2006. Prior to joining the association, she served as director of membership services at an association for ambulatory surgery centers. Toner lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son.

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