Topics: Rest Area Commercialization

Senate EPW Committee Passes Surface Transportation Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved 21-0 a substitute amendment to its surface transportation bill S. 2302, “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019,” marking the first step in reauthorizing the surface transportation law set to expire in 2020. More

Senate Committee Releases Surface Transportation Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) released a five-year, $287 billion surface transportation bill this morning, with a committee mark up scheduled for tomorrow, July 30. More

Senate Committee to Mark Up Surface Transportation Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is expected to release its surface transportation bill early next week with a committee mark up moved up to July 30. Although the bill has not yet been released, it is expected to authorize $287 billion in highway spending over five years, marking a 28 percent increase over the current authorization law. Ninety percent, or $259 billion, would go to states by formula, keeping in line with policy positions expressed by EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (D-Wyo.). More

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 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

First House Transportation Hearing Addresses Infrastructure Funding Issues

In the first of a series of Congressional hearings that will lay the groundwork for Congress to draft infrastructure legislation, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 7 heard from elected officials as well as members of the private sector. Among those who testified were Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and UPS Freight President Rich McArdle, who testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Witnesses were pressed to address their positions on various funding options, including whether increasing the motor fuels taxes, tolling or public private partnerships were viable methods for funding the nation’s long-term infrastructure needs. 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

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