NATSO, Coalition Urge Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to Reject Proposals to Commercialize Rest Areas

Added on: April 8, 2021


NATSO along with organizations representing hundreds of thousands of mostly small businesses, as well as American cities and localities and blind entrepreneurs, urged Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to reject proposals to carve out any exceptions to the longstanding ban on commercial rest areas that would allow state departments of transportation to compete against the private sector by selling food and fuel, including electric vehicle charging, or other commercial services at Interstate rest areas.  The organizations said they are eager to collaborate on transportation policies that will facilitate long-term, sustainable investment for infrastructure without harming existing off-highway businesses and that spur improvement for the transportation sector.