Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Truck Stops Providing Essential Services to Truckers, Navigating the Downturn

Iowa 80 Truckstop Vehicle traffic at Iowa 80 Truckstop is down by more than 50%, according to Heather DeBaillie, vice president of marketing for I-80 Group. (Iowa 80)

Like truck drivers, truck stops are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. But they are still open, working to ensure drivers have the essentials they need.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 14, 2020
Business, Safety, Fuel

Truck Stops, Travel Centers Open During Coronavirus Crisis

Love's Travel Stops A Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores location in Hazen, Ark. Love's is providing food on a drive-through and carryout basis. (Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores)

Most travel centers and truck stops nationwide are remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic but operate with restrictions ranging from disallowing sit-down food service to practicing social distancing precautions.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 19, 2020
Government, Business

ATA’s Bob Costello Cautiously Optimistic on US Economy, Trucking

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello at an industry event in 2018. At NATSO's 2020 convention, Costello said he doesn't think the economy will begin a recession anytime soon. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AURORA, Colo. — It is unlikely in 2020 both the U.S. economy and the trucking industry will soar to the levels they did in 2018, but that doesn’t mean the year won’t see adequate growth to continue the expansive economic recovery, according to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Natso, ChargePoint Team to Expand Charging Station Network

ChargePoint stations ChargePoint

Truck stop trade group Natso on Feb. 6 entered into a partnership with ChargePoint to expand its network of charging stations.

February 7, 2020
Business, Fuel

Natso Launches Management Service Tied to Renewable Fuels Standard

trucks refuel at Jubitz Jubitz

Natso, the national association representing the travel plaza and truck stop industry, and its newly launched Alternative Fuels Council initiated a renewable identification numbers management service Oct. 1.

October 9, 2018
Business, Fuel

Natso Launches Alternative Fuels Council

Truck stop at night (Bobbi Vie/Flickr)

Natso Inc. has launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

June 15, 2018
Government, Business

Trucking Market Strongest Since Deregulation, ATA Economist Bob Costello Says

Bob Costello Ari Ashe/Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The freight market is as strong as it has been since deregulation in the 1980s, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

Uber, Amazon Making Presence Felt in Transportation Industry

Ken Cassar of Slice Intelligence Cassar by Ari Ashe/Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Executives in the truck stop and travel plaza industry see the encroachment of technology giants into the transportation industry, but savvy leaders will find ways to capitalize on this trend to make more money, an analyst said during a presentation at the annual NATSO Connect conference.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2018
Government, Business

NATSO Calls on Congressional Leaders to Extend Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax

Rep. Kevin Braxy Brady by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The leaders of the tax-writing committees should extend and phase out a biodiesel blenders’ tax credit as they consider legislation that would update the country’s tax code, the association representing truck stops and travel plazas said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 1, 2017
Government, Business

Natso Urges Congress to Extend Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax

Members of Congress should extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit when they take up legislation that would overhaul the country’s tax code, the association representing truck stops and travel plazas indicated recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 9, 2017