Lawmaker seeks repeal of commercialization ban at rest areas 

| Thursday, June 30, 2011

One U.S. senator has unveiled his proposal, calling for the lifting of the federal ban that restricts commercialization at interstate rest areas. 

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-IL, announced his proposed legislation titled the “Lincoln Legacy Development Act. “

His legislation calls for allowing commercialization of safety rest areas, which would provide “additional resources to states with budget shortfalls.”

The coalition, Partnership to Save Highway Communities, is opposed to Kirk’s proposal because they fear it will “destroy economic value to cities and towns dependent on interstate-based businesses.”

States struggling with budget shortfalls have been urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to repeal the ban because it would allow public-private partnerships to flourish and incur some of the costs related to maintaining the rest areas.

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