Topics: Rest Areas

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill. More

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

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

KDOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Kansas marks the latest state to consider taking advantage of a provision under the last highway bill that allows states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas. 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

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

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

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