Topics: Rest Area Commercialization

NATSO Urges FHWA to Force New York State to Comply With Rest Area Commercialization Prohibition

NATSO has learned that the state of New York is violating the federal ban on commercializing interstate rest areas by selling food and beverages at newly-constructed welcome centers and rest areas along the Interstate Highway System right-of-way. More

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. More

FHWA Unveils Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this morning announced its initial round of alternative fuel corridor designations as Congressionally mandated under the December 2015 highway bill titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. More

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. More

U.S. Department of Transportation Considers Expanding Vending Options at Rest Areas

In a potentially critical development for off-highway businesses such as travel plazas and truckstops, the U.S. Department of Transportation is soliciting public input regarding expanding the types of goods and services that may be offered at highway rest areas located on the right-of-way. The Department is specifically requesting input as to what constitutes a "vending machine," noting that technological advancements in this area have been significant in recent years. More

Congress To Vote On Short-Term Funding Measure, Halting Highway Fund Increases

Congress is expected to vote this week on a stopgap appropriations measure known as a "continuing resolution" (or "CR") to keep the government funded through mid-December. Although this will avoid a government shutdown, it will effectively freeze state and local transportation authorities' funding levels, denying them -- until at least December -- increases they had been anticipating. More

NATSO Calls on DOT to Work With Exit-Based Businesses In Establishing Alternative Fuel Corridors

NATSO called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with private, exit-based businesses within the confines of the existing law that prohibits the sale of fuel and other commercial services at rest areas as it seeks to identify and establish stretches of the National Highway System as alternative fuel corridors. More

Federal Government Solicits Proposals for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations Members Only Join or Login

The solicitation for nominations for alternative fuel corridors coincides with the Obama Administration announcing that electric vehicle charging infrastructure may qualify for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees. NATSO has worked closely with the Department of Transportation on these issues. More

NATSO Opposes Efforts to Commercialize Interstates

The California Senate on June 2 voted 19-17 against SB 1397, which would have permitted the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to seek federal approval to use commercial advertising on changeable message signs when they are not being used for safety or transportation-related messages. More

NATSO Discusses Truck Parking, Rest Area Commercialization with Midwestern Governors Association

Truckstops and travel plazas are a critical part of America's transportation network, providing hundreds of thousands of parking spaces for long-haul truckers to rest, NATSO president Lisa Mullings told a meeting of the Midwestern Governors Association. She told attendees about the NATSO Foundation’s plans to release Park My Truck, a mobile app to assist professional drivers looking for a place to park. More

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