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NATSO Refutes Overdrive's Analysis of Commercial Rest Areas

June 18, 2018

NATSO Refutes Overdrive's Analysis of Commercial Rest Areas

Responding to a June 5 article in which Overdrive Magazine questioned whether commercial rest areas could stem the tide of rest area closures, NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said that upon researching the issue, Overdrive should have focused on whether rest area commercialization would in fact result in more truck parking as the article led readers to conclude. Citing an ATRI survey indicating that truck parking tops the list of driver concerns as well as new research from Safety for the Long-Haul illustrating that commercial rest areas significantly hinder truck parking capacity, Mullings established that rest area commercialization reduces truck parking capacity and would undercut state DOT goals by destroying the very businesses that are best equipped to meet the needs of the truck driving community.

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.

House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

March 8, 2018

House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit capped off a series of Congressional hearings on infrastructure March 7, this time exploring long-term funding options for infrastructure.

T&I Committee Chairman Raises Issues of Fuel Tax Increase, Asset Recycling During Infrastructure Hearing

March 7, 2018

T&I Committee Chairman Raises Issues of Fuel Tax Increase, Asset Recycling During Infrastructure Hearing

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) expressed strong support for increasing the motor fuels tax to fund the nation’s infrastructure but also voiced support for asset recycling, which could lead to commercial rest areas and tolls, during a March 6 committee hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal.

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Commercial Rest Areas

March 6, 2018

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Commercial Rest Areas

As key House and Senate transportation committees hold their first hearings on the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal, NATSO and the National League of Cities are urging lawmakers to reject any proposals to commercialize rest areas and instead pursue policies that will improve rather than undercut the ability of small businesses and communities to grow and prosper.

Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

February 22, 2018

Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

A move to commercialize interstate rest areas under the Trump administration infrastructure plan could prove costly for restaurants and gas stations clustered along exits, without raising much additional revenue for states.

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.

White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

February 1, 2018

White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

The White House said that the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal would again be delayed, citing the recent government shutdown. The announcement came just one day after the President said that his plan would arrive “in a week or two, right after the State of the Union Address.”

President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

January 31, 2018

President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

President Donald Trump called on Congress to produce a bipartisan $1.5 trillion bill for new infrastructure investment during his first State of the Union address last night, saying it would provide a safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that the U.S. economy needs.

Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

January 23, 2018

Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

A draft document leaked to press on Jan. 22 and widely speculated to be the funding principles for the Trump Administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan called for liberalizing tolling policy and allowing states to commercialize interstate rest areas among its proposals for funding infrastructure, both of which would dramatically undercut businesses that operate at the Interstate exits.

Looking Ahead in 2018

January 2, 2018

Looking Ahead in 2018

While infrastructure funding ranks among the top issues for truckstops and travel plaza operators, it’s just one of many issues in which NATSO will engage in 2018. Here’s an overview of the top NATSO issues that will be in play this year.

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

December 6, 2017

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

A coalition of trade associations representing a broad cross-section of highway-based businesses and local communities urged Arizona's federal lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program.

Sec. Chao: Infrastructure Package Timeline Slips Further

December 5, 2017

Sec. Chao: Infrastructure Package Timeline Slips Further

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Dec. 5 that the Trump Administration’s massive infrastructure package won’t arrive until next year, possibly after a health care and welfare overhaul. The timeline projection marks yet another delay for the massive infrastructure plan that President Trump had promised as one of his priorities for the first 100 days in office.

Commercializing Arizona Rest Areas Would Harm Business, Communities, Bowlin Travel Centers Says

November 27, 2017

Commercializing Arizona Rest Areas Would Harm Business, Communities, Bowlin Travel Centers Says

Commercializing rest areas in Arizona would bring more harm than good to the state’s local businesses and communities, according to Michael Bowlin, President of Bowlin Travel Centers. Responding to an editorial in the Sierra Vista Herald, Bowlin said that his business and others operating at the interstate exits would suffer a dramatic drop in sales and subsequently a corresponding drop in employees and tax receipts if the state is allowed to commercialize rest areas directly on the Interstate Highway System.

President Reiterates Infrastructure to Follow Tax Reform

November 20, 2017

President Reiterates Infrastructure to Follow Tax Reform

President Donald Trump reiterated Nov. 20 that a massive infrastructure plan will be the Administration’s next priority once Congress finishes tax reform.

NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

November 6, 2017

NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program, a move that threatens the truckstop and travel plaza industry as well as other businesses operating near Interstate exits.

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