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AZ rest stop change draws truck stop ire

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 @ 02:02 AM

Arizona businesses and truck stop owners have petitioned the state to stop its current rest stop reform efforts, asking lawmakers to consider different options.

The state of Arizona has seen a rise in problems related to their highways, trying to find ways to balance budget shortfalls with necessary road work. As a result, about 70% of the state's rest stops have already closed under financial pressures. The state's most recent solution has been to commercialize the closed stops, allowing truckers and other motorists to take advantage of them with some private sector influence.

Fearing a development of a state-backed monopoly, roadside businesses and truck stops have signed off on a petition to persuade the government to rethink their strategies. The Department of Transportation has noted that rest stop reform has been a high priority in addressing budget limitations, and they believe this latest proposal provides a great alternative to simply shutting down rest stops.

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