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White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

October 25, 2017

White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

The President’s chief economic advisor on Oct. 25 raised the possibility of increasing the federal motor fuels tax next year to help pay for the Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 20, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

NATSO and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates on Oct. 20 blasted the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for soliciting state participation in a failed federal tolling pilot program arguing that tolls harms businesses and local communities.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Digital Billboard Case

October 18, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Digital Billboard Case

The Supreme Court on Oct. 16 declined to hear an outdoors group's case against the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding guidelines on digital billboards. The denial ends a four-year legal battle by Scenic America to terminate guidance to the Federal Highway Administration’s field offices on how to evaluate state plans for digital billboards on Interstate Highways.

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.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

August 8, 2017

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) on Aug. 8 urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to hold New York state accountable for its violation of the federal law prohibiting commercial rest areas.

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

July 25, 2017

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including liberalizing the definition of "vending machine," threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO said in comments filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) July 24.

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

July 11, 2017

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Coalition on Truck Parking released its 2015-2016 activity report detailing ideas put forth for expanding truck parking nationwide during a series of regional truck parking stakeholder meetings held last year.

Tell DOT Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

December 13, 2016

Tell DOT Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

As NATSO has previously reported, the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting public input regarding expanding the types of goods and services that may be offered at highway rest areas located on the Interstate right-of-way. This is a potentially critical development for the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

November 14, 2016

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on highways covering 25,000 miles in 35 states under an initiative to increase the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.

NATSO Meets with U.S. DOT To Discuss Alternative Fuel Corridors, Rest Area Commercialization

November 1, 2016

NATSO Meets with U.S. DOT To Discuss Alternative Fuel Corridors, Rest Area Commercialization

NATSO met with key regulators in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Federal Highway Administration Oct. 27. The meeting's agenda was the proper implementation of a provision in the Highway Bill Congress passed last year directing DOT to establish "alternative fuel corridors" for alternative fueling stations.

FHWA Truck Parking Analysis Falls Short, Says NATSO

August 24, 2015

FHWA Truck Parking Analysis Falls Short, Says NATSO

The Federal Highway Administration on Friday August 21 released a survey and analysis assessing truck parking in the United States. Although NATSO worked with FHWA to help the agency understand the issues involved in the supply and demand of truck parking facilities, FHWA’s survey failed to adequately explore the critical factors that influence truck parking.

Congress Likely to Debate Truck Weight

July 24, 2013

Congress Likely to Debate Truck Weight

Truck size and weight legislation passed this week in the House continues to shine a spotlight on the issue and further strengthens the probability that size and weight will be a hotly debated issue when Congress begins working to reauthorize surface transportation programs next year.

Washington State Seeks to Toll I-90; Lawmaker Questions Legality

July 15, 2013

Washington State Seeks to Toll I-90; Lawmaker Questions Legality

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking to toll Interstate 90. But already Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) is questioning the authority of the federal government to authorize such a plan.

FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

June 3, 2013

FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

NATSO representatives attended the Federal Highway Administration's first public session of its truck size and weight study, ordered by Congress in the transportation reauthorization bill enacted last year.

Virginia May Withdraw Tolling Application for I-95

April 8, 2013

Virginia May Withdraw Tolling Application for I-95

As Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed the state's landmark transportation legislation which imposes new wholesale sales taxes on gas and diesel, the governor's press secretary said the state would withdraw the application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to toll Interstate 95.

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.

Trucking Industry, DOT Host Truck Parking Webinar Dec. 6

November 19, 2012

Trucking Industry, DOT Host Truck Parking Webinar Dec. 6

The Transportation Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will sponsor a free webinar on truck parking issues and innovative ways to address them.

ATRI Launches Truck Parking Survey

September 24, 2012

ATRI Launches Truck Parking Survey

ATRI is conducting a survey on truck parking needs and system requirements.

Rep. Forbes Fires Off Third Letter Requesting FHWA Deny VDOT Tolling Application

September 17, 2012

Rep. Forbes Fires Off Third Letter Requesting FHWA Deny VDOT Tolling Application

Rep. Forbes continues to express his opposition to VDOT's proposal to install a toll on I-95.

Senate Candidate Denounces Virginia Tolling Plans

September 10, 2012

Senate Candidate Denounces Virginia Tolling Plans

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to finance upgrades to Interstate 95 in Virginia by collecting tolls near the North Carolina border took another blow when fellow Republican George Allen announced his opposition last week.

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