Topics: Highway & Transportation

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. More

Adding Biodiesel to Your Truckstop is an Easy, Proven Revenue Driver

It’s common for those of us in the biodiesel business to get questions from truckstop operators about whether offering our fuel requires expensive infrastructure changes, like new tanks, piping and more. Fortunately for everyone, the answer is no. More

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. More

ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published its latest update of state and local idling regulations on its website,TruckingResearch.org. The listing is provided in two forms. An online compendium provides detailed information and hyperlinks to each of the 65 state and local regulations that have been identified. A cab card is also available that provides a consolidated listing which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck. More

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. More

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is requesting the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s help as it updates its federally mandated survey of available truck parking across the United States. More

Government Shutdown Affects State DOTs

The partial federal government shutdown, now in its third week, has started to impact state departments of transportation (DOTs) and is delaying the start of new projects. More

Looking Ahead in 2019

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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. More

Government Remains Shutdown; Minimal Impacts on Highway, Fuel Policy

Parts of the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, remain shut down as the 116th Congress gavels into session. For the time being, however, there are minimal impacts on policies affecting motor fuels or highways. This could change, however, if the shutdown continues for several more weeks. More

Department of Transportation Nullifies California Meal and Rest Break Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has decided that federal law preempts California's rules for meal and rest breaks for truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) had petitioned FMCSA to preempt California's rules and this represents a major victory for ATA. More