Colorado Introduces Legislation to Put Alternative Fuels at Rest Areas

In a move aimed at urging Congress to overturn the prohibition on rest area commercialization, the Colorado State Legislature last week introduced a bill to allow alternative fuel refueling stations at Interstate rest areas and state parks.

HB 1133 would allow the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in conjunction with the division of parks and outdoor recreation to award a concession to one or more commercial entities to install and maintain alternative fuel vehicle refueling stations at state parks and rest areas provided the concession is not detrimental to public safety, the environment and doesn’t increase state expenses.  

CDOT also would be required to list the alternative vehicle refueling stations on its website, beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Colorado is the fourth state to introduce legislation related to rest area commercialization.  Legislation has been introduced in Washington and Arizona that would allow those states to move forward with rest area commercialization if the federal law is changed.  A resolution has been introduced in Tennessee to urge Congress to change the 1956 law prohibiting commercial services at interstate rest areas.

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