Topics: Rest Area Commercialization

NATSO CEO Discusses Opposition to Commercializing Rest Areas With Sirius XM

NATSO CEO Discusses Opposition to Commercializing Rest Areas With Sirius XM

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings discussed the travel plaza and truckstop industry’s opposition to commercializing rest areas with Road Dog Trucking radio on Sirius XM Channel 146. Mullings appeared on the radio program after the Reason Foundation said in a separate interview that the industry should rethink its opposition to the long-standing law prohibiting commercial rest areas. More

NATSO Urges House T&I Committee to Maintain Prohibitions on Commercial Rest Areas, Tolling in Infrastructure Legislation

NATSO on May 10 submitted its comments in response to a request for stakeholder input from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with regard to the Committee’s work on infrastructure this Congress. More

White House Meeting on Infrastructure Reignites Debate Over Pay-Fors

The meeting between Congressional Democrats and the White House on the potential for a $2 trillion infrastructure deal earlier this week reignited bipartisan arguments over just how to pay for an infrastructure measure – further calling into question the viability of anything moving forward in the near term. More

NATSO, Allies Urge House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Support Off-Highway Businesses

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as they consider infrastructure legislation this year. More

NATSO, Allies Urge Senate to Maintain Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging Members of the Senate to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as the consider infrastructure legislation this year. More

House Transportation Committee Considers Climate Policy

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on February 26 examining how federal infrastructure policy can help mitigate and adapt to climate change. The hearing was another of several hearings the Committee has held in the opening weeks of 2019, all designed to lay the foundation for a comprehensive infrastructure bill that House Democrats hope to pass by the end of May. More

NATSO, Allies Urge Congress to Support Off-Highway Businesses by Maintaining the Ban on Commercial Activities at Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging Members of Congress to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as they consider infrastructure legislation this year. More

FHWA Calls for Next Round of Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the next phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill. Any state or local agency is allowed to nominate a corridor for an alternative fuel corridor designation, and NATSO members can work with state and local agencies to ensure that their alternative fuel locations are incorporated into the nomination process. More

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. More

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. More