Topics: Rest Area Commercialization

Kansas, Iowa to Close Some Rest Areas

Several states, including Kansas and Iowa, are considering closing rest areas due to concerns over both costs and resources. More

NATSO Responds to Blog Calling for Commercial Rest Areas in Arizona

A recent blog on Tucscon Citizen.com asked why the Arizona Department of Transportation can’t hire private companies to run businesses out of the state’s rest areas. More

Arizona Implementing Rest Area Sponsorships

The Arizona Department of Transportation is set to implement a sponsorship and advertising program at its 14 rest areas after signing a five-year agreement with Infrastructure Corporation of America. More

MDOT Seeks to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that it is seeking to partner with public entities to privatize two of its non-interstate rest areas. More

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) should work with existing interstate exit-based businesses to install electric car-charging stations rather than compete with the private sector by utilizing taxpayer dollars to establish them at rest areas, NATSO told the agency this week. More

Dutch Gas Station Owners Sue Over EV Charging Along Highways

Nearly 30 gas stations in the Netherlands are suing the Dutch government, arguing that electric charging stations earmarked for the country's highways represent unfair competition. More

New Jersey to Allow Rest Area Sponsorships

New Jersey is set to allow private companies to sponsor rest areas and service areas in return for their upkeep after the New Jersey Senate voted unanimously to advance a bill to Gov. Chris Christie that would authorize corporate sponsorship on rest areas along the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and other state-owned highways. More

Lawmakers Question White House Transportation Funding Target, But Say Transportation is Primary Focus

Although some lawmakers have questioned the financial goals set by the White House for the next highway bill, they acknowledge that transportation funding needs to be a primary focus. More

MoDOT Converts Rest Areas to Truck Parking Only Facilities

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced last week that it will convert two rest areas at Halltown on Interstate 44 into truck-parking only facilities rather than spend funds to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upgrades to the water and sewer systems. The rest areas currently offer parking for 37 trucks, which MoDot said it plans to expand. More

New Jersey Senate Votes In Favor of Rest Area Sponsorships

The New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously last week to advance a bill to allow private companies to sponsor rest areas and service areas in return for upkeep of the facilities. S2514 next moves to the Senate floor. If approved there, the bill would advance to the Assembly for further consideration. More

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