• 10/07/2013
    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. The contract, which went into effect Oct. 1, covers the maintenance and operations of the rest areas as well as the addition of Wi-Fi access, charging stations for electric vehicles and ATM machines. The contract also calls for on-site staff at the rest areas for 16 hours a day. The federal highway transportation bill signed into law in 2012 allowed states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas.

  • 09/20/2013
    Iowa DOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsors

    The Iowa Department of Transportation has issued an RFP for private firms to sponsor 37 interstate rest areas.

  • 08/12/2013
    Cities and States Should Reconsider PPPs

    Public-private partnerships across the country are riddled with problems, according to Donald Cohen, executive director of a privatization resource center called In the Public Interest. With the number of failed attempts mounting, including in Chicago, San Diego and Denver, Cohen says that cities and states need to more fully consider the costs of private investment in public infrastructure to ensure that governments remain focused on public goals and the public interest.

  • 08/06/2013
    Credit Rating Agencies Uneasy About Toll Roads as Americans Drive Less

    The assumption that tolls roads will pay for themselves is not a reliable one, and credit rating agencies are taking notice.

  • 07/29/2013
    Former Gov. Rendell Pushes for More Tolling

    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is urging Congress to lift the ban on interstate tolling as a method of increasing revenues into the Highway Trust Fund.

  • 07/24/2013
    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.

  • 07/15/2013
    Creditors Take Over Privatized Toll Road in Virginia

    Marking yet another example of a public-private partnership that has failed to meet revenue expectations, creditors are taking over operation of the Pocahontas Parkway in Virginia.

  • 07/15/2013
    Oregon Establishes Per-Mile Vehicle Tax
    [ Download File ] ( Oregon Establishes Per Mile Tax.docx 10.39kb )

    Oregon is the first state to establish a voluntary per-mile vehicle tax as an alternative method for infrastructure funding.

  • 06/24/2013
    Va. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Toll Case

    The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a ruling in a Portsmouth court battle over tolls that has called into question the constitutionality of delegating legislative authority to set toll rates and focused national attention on the future of public-private transportation partnerships in the state.

  • 06/05/2013
    Gov. McCrory Must Keep I-95 Promise

    It's time for North Carolina Gov. McCrory to keep his campaign promise and put the bad idea of tolling I-95 to rest.

  • 05/22/2013
    Tolling Debate Stays Heated in Roanoke Valley

    People in the Roanoke Valley need to be concerned that tolling only I-95 is unfair and an additional tax burden on the communities the corridor serves, according to the No Tolls I-95 Coalition.

  • 05/14/2013
    Putting Tolls on I-95 Draws Ire From Some

    Ernie Brame with the No Tolls I-95 Coalition said,"We believe that every other interstate in North Carolina has been improved, simply through the use of the gas tax, and I-95 should be no different."

  • 04/18/2013
    Rocky Mount Telegram: No Resident Wants a Toll on I-95

    A Rocky Mount Telegram editorial said, "North Carolina already has the fifth-highest gasoline tax in the country. No state resident wants to pay that kind of levy at the pump and fork over a toll for I-95."

  • 04/09/2013
    Virginia May Withdraw Tolling Application for I-95

    As Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed the state's landmark transportation legislation which imposes new wholesale sales taxes on gas and diesel, the governor's press secretary said the state would withdraw the application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to toll Interstate 95.

  • 04/05/2013
    No Tolls on Va.'s I-95

    The opponents of Virginia's plan to put tolls on Interstate-95 have won the battle, and the Transport Topics editorial board is glad to hear it.

  • 04/05/2013
    Toll Roads and Double Taxation: The Left and Libertarians Converge

    When it comes to tolling, people on all sides of the political spectrum find it to be bad policy.

  • 03/18/2013
    New Jersey Senate Votes in Favor of Rest Area Sponsorships
    [ Download File ] ( New Jersey Senate Votes In Favor of Rest Area Sponsorships.docx 11.8kb )
  • 03/13/2013
    State Senate Right to Want Out of Toll Road Decisions

    The Winston Salem Journal has long been a voice of reason for the state of North Carolina as it pertains to transportation funding and tolls.

  • 03/11/2013
    Bills Seek to Prohibit I-95 Tolling

    Last week, two bills were introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to prohibit tolling on Interstate 95.

  • 03/04/2013
    N.C. I-95 Toll Proposal Loses Steam

    North Carolina's plan to toll I-95 is losing steam as state leaders instead focus on a 25-year comprehensive study of the state’s transportation needs. Legislation to block tolls on I-95 could be introduced within the next several weeks.

  • 11/07/2012
    Va. Localities Opposed to I-95 Tolls Hire Law Firm

    A number of localities that oppose Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to put tolls on Interstate 95 have banded together to hire legal counsel.

  • 10/31/2012
    Western Tidewater Localities Unite to Fight I-95 Tolls

    A growing collection of governments west of Hampton Roads Virginia have contributed to a legal fund in their quest to stop the state from tolling I-95.

  • 10/16/2012
    Bill Bolling Says Va. Tolls Not a Done Deal

    Bill Bolling who is running to succeed Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell says tolling I-95 is not a done deal.

  • 10/12/2012
    McCrory Against Proposed I-95 Tolls

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory told Roanoke Valley residents Interstate 95 is not a regional roadway, but a federal interstate that should not be maintained through local tolls.

  • 10/12/2012
    Billboards Aim to Block I-95 Toll Proposal

    Virginia business leaders behind the billboard campaign calling tolls on I-95 highway robbery are hoping to get lawmakers' and the public's attention.

  • 10/12/2012
    Opposition to I-95 Tolls Fuels Coalition, Lawmakers

    Ernie Brame, new chairman of the No Tolls on I-95 coalition: “I have to fight for this road because the DOT is fighting against it.”

  • 10/10/2012
    Editorial: Costly study for the bad idea of toll roads is not needed

    Winston-Salem Journal editors write: the N.C. DOT is about to waste $1.6 million assessing the economic impact of tolls on I-95. DOT should forget that idea. Paying for the $4.4 billion upgrading of the major north-south route through Eastern North Carolina with tolls won’t work and has very little political support.

  • 10/01/2012
    No Tolls I-95 Coalition Refutes Editorial in Fayetteville Observer
    [ Download File ] ( Ernie Brame - Fayetteville Observer.pdf 180.05kb )

    Ernie Brame, Chairman of the No Tolls I-95 Coalition in North Carolina, submitted this letter to the editor to the Fayetteville Observer in response to a Sept. 27 editorial “If not tolls, how do we fix, expand I-95?” The rebuttal was submitted but has not yet been published.

  • 09/27/2012
    Highway Toll Hikes Inflate Prices, Slow Recovery

    States quietly jacking up tolls to finance infrastructure repairs could prove to be another drag on the economy as average Americans get hit with higher fees.

  • 09/24/2012
    VTA Member Charlie McDaniel Responds to Cord Sterling Op-ed Supporting Tolls on I-95
    [ Download File ] ( McDaniel Response to Cord Sterling Op Ed - 9-18-1.pdf 268.64kb )

    Virginia Trucking Association member Charlie McDaniel submitted this letter to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star in response to a Sept. 14 op-ed titled “Toll booth on I-95: No panacea, but a start” by Cord Sterling, a Stafford Supervisor who serves on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Fredericksburg District.

  • 09/19/2012
    ODOT Signs Contract to Sell Advertising, Sponsorships at Rest Areas

    The Ohio Department of Transportation has signed a contract with Travelers Marketing, of Wellesley, Mass., to run an advertising, sponsorship and naming rights program for the 45 rest stops along interstate highways.

  • 09/19/2012
    Sen. John Watkins Joins List of Those Concerned With I-95 Tolling Plan

    Add Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, to the list of Virginians concerned with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to toll traffic on I-95.

  • 09/14/2012
    Maryland Does Little to Collect Unpaid Tolls

    Thousands of vehicles blow through Maryland's E-ZPass lanes without an ­E-ZPass transponder, but the state is doing little to collect the millions of dollars in unpaid tolls while law-abiding motorists have been paying higher tolls since November.

  • 09/14/2012
    Pa. Turnpike Billions in Debt

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike is spending more money each year than it makes, despite toll increases that have doubled the cost to travel the turnpike over the past 10 years.

  • 09/11/2012
    Forbes Lashes Out Again on I-95 Toll Proposal

    Rep. Randy Forbes, R-4th, has fired off another letter to the Federal Highway Administration asking the agency to spike the state's proposal, which calls for a toll to be installed on I-95. This is the third time that Forbes has written the FHWA about the toll proposal.

  • 09/07/2012
    Allen Announces Opposition to I-95 Tolling Plan

    U.S. Senate candidate George Allen dealt a blow to Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to finance I-95 infrastructure upgrades through tolls by announcing his opposition to the plan.

  • 09/07/2012
    No Tolls on I-95 Message on Big Rig at DNC

    Stony Creek Mayor Frank Jackson drove the Keep I-95 Toll Free Truck to Charlotte this week to gain the attention of politicians at the Democratic National Convention.

  • 09/05/2012
    I-95 Coalition Partners Meet with Lawyers

    Members of the regional coalition against tolls on I-95 met with legal representation to assess which avenues may be available for localities and the region in fighting the Va. governor’s proposal to toll I-95.

  • 09/04/2012
    ATA Urges DOT to Reject Virginia Application to Toll I-95

    The American Trucking Associations urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to reject an application by the Commonwealth of Virginia to toll one of America’s most critical freight corridors.

  • 08/30/2012
    Gov. McDonnell and VDOT Move Forward with I-95 Toll Application Without Public Input

    VDOT submitted its application to toll I-95 last week to FHWA without any announcement to the public. Rex Davis, President of Davis Oil Co. and Davis Travel Centers says his small, family-run business will suffer tremendously if tolls are imposed.

  • 08/24/2012
    McDonnell Radio Show Becomes Firing Line as Emporia Mayor, Councilman Grill Gov. Over Tolls

    The simmering dispute over Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to levy tolls for upgrades on Interstate 95 near the North Carolina border got hotter on statewide radio Thursday as Emporia’s mayor and a city councilman grilled the governor.

  • 08/22/2012
    Richmond Times Dispatch Editorial Cites Inefficiency of Tolling I-95

    "There might be a single defensible argument somewhere for taking the costlier, less efficient route," the Richmond Times writes. "If so, we have yet to hear it."

  • 08/17/2012
    Va. Stony Creek Mayor Vows to Fight I-95 Tolling Plan 'Tooth and Nail'

    During a press conference with officials from six counties, Va. Stony Creek Mayor Frank Jackson vowed to fight the state's I-95 tolling plan 'tooth and nail.'

  • 08/17/2012
    Va. Gov.: If You Don't Want to Pay a Toll, Don't Use 95

    Va. Gov. McDonnell claims tolls are the only way to pay for needed transportation costs. “If people want to use I-95, then they pay a toll," McDonnell said. "If you don’t want to pay a toll, don’t use 95.”

  • 08/03/2012
    Proposed I-95 Tolls a Bad Deal for Communities

    When considering tolling Interstate 95 just north of Emporia, the Village News says Virginia offers no redeeming qualities for the citizens of Emporia, Greensville or Sussex.

  • 07/31/2012
    Despite Public Opposition, Gov. McDonnell Says Tolling Plan to Move Forward

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says his plan to add a toll to Interstate 95 between Richmond and the North Carolina line will not be affected by opposition from Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes.

  • 07/27/2012
    ODOT Commercialization Proposal Draws Zero Bidders

    Developers ignored ODOT's proposal seeking to commercialize five rest areas on Ohio highways.

  • 07/27/2012
    Rep. Forbes Urges Gov. McDonnell to Halt I-95 Tolling Plans

    Rep. J. Randy Forbes urged Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell to halt VDOT's I-95 Corridor Improvement Program, which seeks to add tolls on the Interstate.

  • 07/25/2012
    Small Town Has Big Campaign Against I-95 Tolls

    The small town of Stony Creek near the Carolina border on Interstate 95 has made 5,000 signs, and plans to make 5,000 more, to blanket 95 from Petersburg to Emporia, opposing tolls.

  • 07/18/2012
    City of Emporia, Va., Latest to Oppose Tolls on I-95
  • 07/09/2012
    ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition
    [ Download File ] ( ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas.docx 10.92kb )
  • 06/28/2012
    TollRoads.Com: An Abject Failure in Customer Service
  • 06/27/2012
    Ohio's Hocking Hills Tourism Assn. Says Commercial Rest Areas Bad for Tourism

    Ohio's Executive Director of Hocking Hills Tourism Association Karen Raymore says commercializing the rest areas would be extremely detrimental to the visitors.

  • 06/26/2012
    Ohio Residents and Businesses Reject Commercialization of Non-Interstate Rest Areas

    Citizens and business owners rejected Ohio's plan to commercialize non-interstate rest areas at a recent public hearing saying it would hurt nearby shops and businesses that already take care of tourists.

  • 06/26/2012
    Update on Virginia Tolling Initiative
    [ Download File ] ( June 26 JNE.docx 10.9kb )

    New details continue to emerge in Virginia about plans to toll Interstate-95 under a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) pilot program.

  • 06/19/2012
    Iowa Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships
    [ Download File ] ( IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships.docx 11.5kb )

    The Iowa Department of Transportation last week marked the third state to announce that it will seek competitive bids on sponsorship rights for its rest areas.

  • 05/31/2012
    Democrats, Republicans Oppose I-95 Tolling Project

    Legislators on both sides of the aisle, and both sides of Interstate 95, are throwing roadblocks in front of a thoroughly unpopular proposal from the state Department of Transportation to finance a $4.4 billion widening project by collecting tolls from I-95 drivers.

  • 05/23/2012
    NATSO Blasts ODOT Commercialization Plan

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings blasted ODOT's plan to commercialize rest areas in the Plain Dealer, calling it an "ill-conceived attempt by the state to compete with small-town businesses, threatening jobs and local tax dollars, as a way to fix state budget shortfalls."

  • 05/22/2012
    Rep. Ellmers Seeks to Prevent Tolls on I-95
    [ Download File ] ( Rep. Ellmers DOH.docx 11.35kb )

    Speaking to NATSO members as part of NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill, Rep. Ellmers said North Carolinians already pay the sixth-highest gas taxes in the country and should not have to bear the additional burden of tolls.

  • 05/11/2012
    Shoemaker's Among Truck Stops Offering Plug-In Stations

    Two Nebraska truck stops have become part of a small but growing network of centers across the country providing plug-in electricity to truckers who stop there.

  • 05/07/2012
    CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate
    [ Download File ] ( CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate.docx 10.73kb )
  • 05/01/2012
    Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Lands
    [ Download File ] ( Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Land.docx 11.02kb )
  • 04/02/2012
    Calif. Assemblyman Hueso's Commercialization Bill on a Bad Road

    In a letter published in the San Diego Tribune, NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said Assemblyman Hueso's bill to commercialize rest areas jeopardizes 12,852 businesses in California that operate along the interstate employing more than 188,000 people.

  • 04/02/2012
    NATSO Tells State DOTs to Give Rest Area Commercialization Idea a Rest

    NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs tells state DOTs to give the idea of rest area commercialization a rest!

  • 03/27/2012
    House Seeks Highway Bill Extension
    [ Download File ] ( House Seeks Highway Bill Extension.docx 11.51kb )

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) introduced a three-month extension to the highway bill in efforts to keep negotiating on a longer-term bill.

  • 03/22/2012
    Senate Passes Highway Bill
    [ Download File ] ( Senate Passes Highway Bill.docx 10.84kb )

    The Senate voted 76 to 22 in favor of a two-year, $109 billion bipartisan transportation bill and overwhelmingly rejected amendment #1742, which would have allowed the states to commercialize rest areas.

  • 03/13/2012
    Senate Rejects Portman Amendment
    [ Download File ] ( Senate Rejects Portman Amendment Press Release - Final.docx 138kb )

    “This marks a major victory for the 97,000 highway-based businesses across America and the 2 million people they employ,” said Lisa Mullings, President and CEO of NATSO and a member of the Partnership to Save Highway Communities. “This veto sends a clear message that state DOTs cannot fix their state budget problems on the backs of small businesses or at the expense of American jobs and local communities."

  • 03/13/2012
    Organizations Opposed to Portman Amendment #1742
    [ Download File ] ( List of Organizations Opposed to Rest Area Commercialization.docx 13.25kb )

    More than 60 organizations representing businesses across a broad spectrum of industries oppose Senator Portman’s Amendment #1742 of highway bill, S. 1813. In recent days, the American Highway Users Alliance as well as the County Executives of America have added their names to the opposition list. View the complete list here.

  • 03/13/2012
    Travel Centers of America Tells Ohio's Largest Newspaper Why Sen. Portman's Amendment is Bad for Business

    Tom Panos, owner of the Travel Centers of America truck stop off I-75 in Wapakoneta, explained to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that location is key and Sen. Portman's amendment would lead to a drop in sales by 46 percent for gas stations off interstate exits, and 44 percent for restaurants.

  • 03/13/2012
    Blind Vendors Fear Efforts to Commercialize Highways

    Ohio business owners love the work they do and take pride in providing a service to the public. But they are terrified that an amendment to the surface-transportation bill, Senate Bill 1813, proposed by Sen. Rob Portman could have devastating consequences.

  • 03/08/2012
    Fox News Covers the Opposition to Sen. Portman's Effort to Commercialize Rest Areas

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings tells Fox News that commercializing rest areas would be disastrous for local businesses that for years have thrived off drivers who gas up and grab a bite at the exits.

  • 03/08/2012
    County Executives of America Urge Senators to Vote No to Portman Amendment #1742
    [ Download File ] ( County Executives Letter Final.docx 16.67kb )
  • 03/05/2012
    National Federation of the Blind and National Restaurant Association Urge Congress to Reject Commercializing Rest Stops
  • 03/02/2012
    U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers Calls for Study on I-95 Tolls

    U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers opposes the Interstate 95 tolls plan for North Carolina and is calling for an economic impact study on local business and residents.

  • 02/27/2012
    North Carolina I-95 Tolling Analysis Shows Taxpayers Would Pay Double Estimated Project Costs

    A new analysis of North Carolina's I-95 tolling plan shows that tolls would cost $30 billion to pay a $16 billion tab.

  • 02/06/2012
    House Begins Transportation Reauthorization
    [ Download File ] ( House Begins Transportation Reauthorization.docx 11.82kb )

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) introduced his long-awaited $260 billion transportation bill, H.R. 7., the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act on Jan. 31. Numerous amendments were offered during a 17-hour mark-up on Feb. 2.

  • 01/30/2012
    Colorado Lawmakers Seek to Ban Fuel Retailing by State Government
    [ Download File ] ( Colorado Lawmakers Seek to Ban Fuel Retailing by State Government.docx 11.24kb )
  • 01/24/2012
    N.C. To Hold Public Hearings on I-95 Tolling Proposal
    [ Download File ] ( North Carolina Tolling hearings.docx 11.51kb )

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to hold seven public hearings between Feb. 7 and Feb. 27 to gather public comment on its plans for tolling Interstate 95 from South Carolina to Virginia.

  • 01/20/2012
    Salt Lake Tribune Highlights Rest Area Commercialization

    The Salt Lake Tribune highlighted the issue of rest area commercialization in an article about the new chairman of NATSO, a member of the Partnership to Save Highway Communities.

  • 01/11/2012
    Missouri I-70 Tolling Hearing on Jan. 17
    [ Download File ] ( Missouri I.docx 10.95kb )

    The Missouri Department of Transportation needs nearly $4 billion to rebuild I-70 and the state wants to place tolls on the 250 mile stretch between St. Louis and Kansas City to pay for it.

  • 12/05/2011
    Mica Postpones Highway Bill Until 2012
    [ Download File ] ( Mica Postpones Highway Bill Until 2012.docx 10.77kb )
  • 11/14/2011
    Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Highway Bill
    [ Download File ] ( Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Highway Bill.docx 10.84kb )

    The Senate EPW Committee unanimously approved a highway bill without expanding tolling or seeking to commercialize rest areas.

  • 11/07/2011
    Electric Car Charging Comes to Private Business

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores unveiled its first electric vehicle charging station in Lebanon, Tenn. It marks the first of 12 Cracker Barrel locations statewide that will install electric car fast chargers as part of the EV Project.

  • 09/26/2011
    Highway Bill Extended Through March
    [ Download File ] ( Highway Bill Extended Through March.docx 10.25kb )
  • 08/30/2011
    Iowa 80 Speaks Out Against Privatizing Rest Areas
    [ Download File ] ( Iowa 80 Commercialization Article in North Scott Press.pdf 83.32kb )

    Iowa 80's Delia Moon Meier spoke with the North Scott Press in Eldridge, Iowa, about how rest area commercialization would hurt her family's business and thousands more nationwide.

  • 08/26/2011
    Partnership Responds to Boston Globe
    [ Download File ] ( Boston Globe Response Final.docx 13.95kb )
  • 08/26/2011
    Partnership Responds to Boston Globe's Mischaracterization of Rest Area Commercialization
    [ Download File ] ( Boston Globe Response Final.docx 13.59kb )
  • 08/23/2011
    Boston Globe Mischaracterizes Rest Area Commercialization
    [ Download File ] ( Boston Globe Editorial Mischaracterizes Commercial Rest Area Issue.docx 11.62kb )
  • 07/12/2011
    Congress Talks Highway Bill
    [ Download File ] ( Congress Talks Highway Bill.docx 11.48kb )
  • 06/22/2011
    WSJ: Last Exit for Roadside Businesses?

    Wall Street Journal Reporter Angus Loten blogs about Sen. Kirk's bill calling for commercial rest areas and the opposition of the Partnership to Save Highway Communities.

  • 06/06/2011
    Connecticut to Close Non-Commercial Rest Areas
    [ Download File ] ( June 6 JNE.docx 11.24kb )
  • 05/31/2011
    Massachusetts Legislators Latest to Push for Commercial Rest Areas
    [ Download File ] ( Massachusetts Legislators Latest to Push for Commercial Rest Areas.docx 11.15kb )
  • 05/02/2011
    NATSO Refutes Freedom Foundation Claims That State DOTs Should Privatize Rest Areas
    [ Download File ] ( NATSO Refutes Freedom Foundation Claims that State DOTs Should Privatize Commercial Rest Areas.docx 11.38kb )
  • 04/18/2011
    Freedom Foundation Dismisses Proven Negative Effects of Commercialization
  • 04/04/2011
    Oregon Legislature Considers Rest Area Resolution
    [ Download File ] ( Oregon.docx 12.52kb )

    NATSO News Weekly. April 4, 2011

  • 03/24/2011
    Va. Offsets Rest Areas Without Commercial Development
  • 03/29/2011
    NATSO Urges Congress to Maintain Prohibition Against Commercial Rest Areas
    [ Download File ] ( NATSO Testifies on Commercialization.doc 33.5kb )
  • 03/22/2011
    State DOTs Continue Push for Rest Area Commercialization
    [ Download File ] ( State DOTs Continue Push for Commercial Rest Areas - Final.docx 13.29kb )
  • 03/29/2011
    Losing Sleep Over Rest Areas

    CSP Daily News. March 29, 2011

  • 02/07/2011
    State-Run Travel Plazas 'Rob Peter to Pay Paul'

    Convenience Store News. February 7, 2011

  • 03/30/2011
    NATSO's Written Testimony Submitted to the House T&I Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    [ Download File ] ( HEARING WRITTEN STATEMENT Lisa Mullings March 2011.pdf 365.95kb )
  • 01/21/2011
    Urgent Action Alert: Washington Senate Transportation Committee to Consider Rest Area Commercialization

    Washington Senate Transportation Committee to Consider Rest Area Commercialization

  • 10/26/2010
    APMA Urges AZ Gov. Brewer to Reconsider Pressing For Commercialization
    [ Download File ] ( Rest Area Commericalization (Letter to AZ Governor) FINAL.pdf 165.06kb )
  • 09/08/2010
    Don't Privatize Interstate Rest Areas

    Asbury Park Press

  • 07/23/2010
    NJ - FMANJ: "Reject 'privatization' of services the state doesn’t even provide"
    [ Download File ] ( Gov_Christie_No_Rest_Area_Commercialization_July_23_2010.pdf 43.74kb )
  • 06/28/2010
    The Domino Effect

    "The Domino Effect." If Virginia is allowed to commercialize rest areas, other states will follow. Stop Watch. July/August 2010.

  • 06/10/2010
    Coalition Letter to Arizona Governor Janice Brewer
    [ Download File ] ( Coalition Letter to Gov. Brewer.pdf 351.35kb )

    The Partnership to Save Highway Communities sent the following letter to Arizona Governor Janice Brewer regarding her call to overturn the ban on commercial rest areas.

  • 05/13/2010
    Virginia's new tax on motorists

    Washington Times, May 13, 2010

  • 01/22/2010
    Coalition Letter to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
    [ Download File ] ( McDonnell Letter Final.pdf 86.24kb )

    The Partnership to Save Highway Communities sent the following letter to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell regarding the reopening of 19 rest areas in the commonwealth.

  • 07/17/2009
    Oberstar, DeFazio Oppose Attempt to Commercialize Virginia Rest Areas
    [ Download File ] ( VA_Rest_Area_Letter.pdf 94.37kb )
  • 07/14/2009
    Coalition Encourages Senate to Reject Commercialization as Part of Extension Bill
    [ Download File ] ( EPW Coalition Letter, 7-09.pdf 38.56kb )

    The Partnership to Save Highway Communities yesterday urged the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) to maintain the prohibition on commercial activity along the Interstate right-of-way in the upcoming extension of the current highway reauthorization law.

  • 07/07/2009
    VA - Virginia Continues Push for Commercialization

    "Virginia Hopes to Reopen Rest Stops"
    Richmond Times-Dispatch July 7, 2009

  • 06/22/2009
    Blind Entrepreneurs Alliance Joins Coalition
    [ Download File ] ( Coalition against Rest Area Commercialization Continues to Grow.pdf 8.72kb )

    "Coalition Against Rest Area Commercialization Continues to Grow"
    NATSO News Weekly June 22, 2009

  • 06/22/2009
    Commercialization Ban Preserved in Highway Bill Draft
    [ Download File ] ( House Highway Bill Preserves Commercialization Ban.pdf 16.92kb )

    "House Highway Bill Preserves Commercialization Ban, Restricts Tolling"
    NATSO News Weekly June 22, 2009

  • 06/16/2009
    Coalition Urges Congress to Preserve Ban on Commercialization
    [ Download File ] ( T&I Coalition Letter, 6-09.pdf 38.28kb )

    The Partnership to Save Highway Communities sent the the following letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, encouraging the Committee to uphold the ban on rest area commercialization as part of the surface transportation reauthorization legislation.

  • 05/22/2009
    VA - VDOT Supports Commercialization
    [ Download File ] ( Virginia DOT Continues Support of Rest Area Commercialization.pdf 13.73kb )

    "Virginia DOT Continues Support of Rest Area Commercialization"
    NATSO News Weekly May 22, 2009

  • 04/30/2009
    PMAA, NATSO partner against commercialization of state-run interstate rest stops

    "The Fight for Rest Areas"
    CSP Daily News, April 30, 2009

  • 05/18/2009
    VA - NATSO Independent Member Bobby Berkstresser Submits Letter to the Editor Arguing Against Commercialization in Virginia

    "Letter: Commercializing Rest Areas Is Bad State Policy"
    Rockbridge Weekly and The Alleghany Journal May 18, 2009

  • 04/02/2009
    VA - NATSO outlines risks to Virginia jobs, businesses

    "Jobs, Businesses Could Be At Risk Under Virginia Transportation Board’s Rest Area Plan, says NATSO"
    NATSO April 2, 2009

  • 03/30/2009
    Commercialization proposals mount from coast to coast

    "States on Both Coasts Vow to Overturn Ban on Rest Area Commercialization"
    NATSO March 30, 2009

  • 03/18/2009
    Why should states subsidize highway rest stops?

    Greater Greater Washington March 18, 2009

  • 03/28/2009
    CA, OR, WA - Commercialization sought for I-5 corridor

    "Three Governors Want ‘B.C.-to-Baja Green Highway’"
    The Richmond Times Dispatch, March 28, 2009

  • 03/20/2009
    WA - Truckstop operators oppose commercialization bill

    "NATSO Members Work Against I-5 Commercialization Legislation"
    NATSO News Weekly March 20, 2009

  • 03/18/2009
    Ca, OR, WA - NATSO Op-Ed Calls for Partnership, Not Competition

    "States Should Partner with Interstate 5 Businesses, Not Compete"
    The Seattle Times March 18, 2009

  • 03/08/2009
    CA, OR, WA - States Propose Commercial Rest Areas on I-5

    "Governors Envision Eco-Friendly Fuels at I-5 Rest Stops"
    The Seattle Times March 8, 2009

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