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Solar, Lighting Solutions Help Travel Center Operators Cut Energy Costs

Solar, Lighting Solutions Help Travel Center Operators Cut Energy Costs

With rising costs and more stringent building codes, managing energy savings has become more important than ever and can help truckstop and travel center operators remain competitive. Plus, in many states, there are grants, subsidies and rebates available to make energy-saving solutions affordable. More

Pennsylvania Judge Temporarily Halts Bridge Tolls

A Pennsylvania judge on May 18 issued a temporary injunction, halting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s plans to toll nine Interstate bridges.  More

You Don’t Want To Miss All the Experiences at Racine Petro [Podcast]

You Don’t Want To Miss All the Experiences at Racine Petro [Podcast]

From the food trolley to the outdoor patio, Racine Petro is full of experiential elements that welcome and delight travelers. Michael Willkomm, co-owner and president of Willkomm Companies, walks podcast listeners through the vision the Willkomm family has poured into the stop. More

Anti-Tolling Coalition Files Comments in Pennsylvania Bridge Environmental Assessment

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Travel Center Customer Expectations at Checkout Have Changed

Travel Center Customer Expectations at Checkout Have Changed

Improving checkout speed shortens lines and directly results in more sales. Given that the pandemic makes customers even more weary of lines, and the labor shortage has increased the time it normally takes to checkout, the use of kiosk ordering and self-check-out lanes has become a must-have for retailers. More

Automated Retail: What Is It and How Will It Impact Truckstops? [Podcast]

Automated Retail: What Is It and How Will It Impact Truckstops? [Podcast]

Automated retail is the process of using technology to sell goods and services in a fast and efficient way with low to zero human interaction. In this episode of NATSO's podcast, Darren Schulte, NATSO's vice president, membership, delivers his take on automated retail for truckstops, offering specific ideas on where it will work and not work.  More

NATSO, Fuel Retailers Oppose H.R. 7688

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House to Vote on Price Gouging Legislation

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FMCSA Waives HOS Restrictions for Gasoline, Diesel Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has waived Hours of Service restrictions for haulers of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethyl alcohol, and heating fuel including propane, natural gas, and heating oil. More

Meet Matt Mildenberger, Mitten Inc.'s President/CEO, and New NATSO Board Member [Podcast]

Meet Matt Mildenberger, Mitten Inc.'s President/CEO, and New NATSO Board Member [Podcast]

As President/CEO, Matt Mildenberger took Mitten Inc. from a $20 million to a $80 million operation with 140 employees. In this episode of The Trucks Stops Here, new NATSO Board member Mildenberger shares his leadership philosophy, walking listeners through what is important to him in leading Mitten's. More

The initial grant distribution will prioritize funding for EV charging infrastructure at off-highway and off-Interstate locations.
The Charge Ahead Partnership is a coalition of individuals and businesses united in the idea that the best way to expand the electric vehicle charging network is through a competitive, market-based approach.
NATSO members should contact their state transportation departments promptly to learn about their electric vehicle charging plans and to share our industry's perspective on the plans' development.
It is incumbent upon fuel retailers to urge state DOTs to structure projects in a “make-ready” model that allows utilities to invest in the grid and distribution enhancements necessary to feed charging stations while a competitive, private market governs the consumer-facing charging transaction. 
The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $7.5 billion to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure via the National Electric Vehicle Formula Program and the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Program. This money will be distributed via state transportation departments (DOTs).
Download NATSO’s draft Model Legislation.