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Rest-area commercialization and parking preservation: A view from the truck stops

What happened to the sales figures for a downstream business when the I-95 state-run Delaware House service plaza closed for restoration several years back. NATSO CEO Lisa Mullings illustrates some of the issues around potentially expanded commercial services at rest areas.

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If it means more parking options, readers say, rest-area commercialization A-OK

In this mailbag podcast and other commentary, readers believed in large part that NATSO's concern over recent FHWA ideas for rest-area commercialization was misplaced, particularly if services allowed at state-facilitated rest areas are limited to an extent they aren't at truck stops.

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Rest area parking: Possible expansion of services for truckers sparks debate

The expansion of these services would allow states to bring in more money and possibly help keep rest areas open as parking options for truckers, advocates argue. NATSO, however, says the expansions could undercut truck stop business.

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Anti-toll rally to be held in Rhode Island next week

In its announcement of the rally, NATSO says that even though the revenue raised from the truck-only tolls is supposed to go toward repairing roads and bridges, there are no legal requirements for this to happen. Organizers say they intend to shed light on the effects the state’s trucks-only tolling plan will have on truckers in the state.

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New app shows available truck parking spaces at more than 5,000 locations across U.S.

The app includes the total number of parking spaces at more than 5,000 truck stops in the U.S., along with some rest areas. NATSO says independent and chain truck stops are participating in reporting their available spaces, representing more than 150,000 truck parking spaces.

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Trucking groups announce Park My Truck app set to release in late summer

A new mobile app expected to launch late this summer will allow truck drivers to find truck parking information and available parking spaces.

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Trucking organizations form partnership to help truckers find available parking

The groups will announce their plans for sharing parking availability with truck drivers during a May 18 press conference.

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Sapp Bros. president named NATSO’s incoming chairman

Don Quinn, newly designated chairman at NATSO, stressed the importance of improving service to truck stop customers, America's drivers, in his remarks to attendees of the NATSO show.

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Parking shortage hits the mainstream

A Wall Street Journal story last week took on the issue of the difficulties faced by truckers finding a safe parking spot in widespread congested areas around the nation.

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NATSO rejects settlement with credit card providers

The national association representing the travel plaza and truck stop industry says it has joined others in rejecting a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit brought by merchants alleging that Visa, MasterCard and national banks collude to set artificially high swipe fees.

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