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Ohio DOT looks to turn rest areas into revenue generators

GasBuddy Blog -- Every state DOT, one hopes, is looking to reduce costs. With department efficiencies, ODOT has found ways to free up $400 million for future transportation projects... and that's not all. They're looking at things that for ages have been identified only as burdensome "costs" but now are thinking that some of those costs might be able to generate revenue too.

Ohio DOT Spokesman Steve Faulkner spoke extensively with GasBuddy this week to share why they're excited in Ohio. First, he said that improved DOT efficiencies, workforce reductions (by attrition) and vehicle fleet reductions, higher than expected gas tax receipts and savings from a mild winter are allowing ODOT to dump $400 million into the budget for new transportation construction...


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murgan
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2012 1:10:17 PM

Guess I won't be stopping in Ohio then...
sparky808
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2012 12:15:02 PM

ok
CPGas1815
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2012 4:06:48 AM

I know I read this article very recently. It seems like I am experiencing deja vu. What's the deal with all of the old news.
OWENALOTT
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 8:33:05 PM

Thank you for posting. interesting read.
charladan
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 3:26:33 PM

Nearly every request for commercialization seems to get approved by the feds. So why not find a way to rid the interstates of the scourge of TOLLS (the most obvious sign that politicians are lazy and tend to lie) if businesses are willing to pay for the advertising then the useless abundance of tollroads should be eliminated.
khareabhishek
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 2:32:17 PM

If they allow commercial establishment on Rsst areas, they will be more lively, else those places looks scary after dark.
bongobro
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:17:17 PM

Can't speak for Ohio, but I remember driving into Wisconsin in 1994 and through Tennessee (on the way to Nashville) in 2010, and I was impressed by Wisconsin's friendliness and cleanliness, and in particular by Tennessee tying in many of its en-route attractions into each rest stop. Hope it works...
w4kh
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:16:41 PM

"Federal law is very clear. Commercial development on those --- interstate rest areas is prohibited..."

Interesting since in Massachusetts, on I-90 and in Maine, on I-95, there are rest stops with filling stations and branded restaurant/food courts which sure seems like commercial development to my weak eyes and small brain...
bigdipperMS
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:13:46 PM

Congratulations to the Ohio DOT for being innovative. Reducing cost while generating revenue should be considered by all States.
nomad228
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:13:15 PM

just as long as it does not turn around and bite U.S. in the rear ends by more taxes.
jorja13
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:04:10 PM

We went through the nicest rest stop I have ever seen in Kansas a few years ago. The building was nice, clean, and there were two senior volunteers with free coffee and cookies. They also had a lot of native crafts displayed and the history of Kansas. Nothing was for sale but I would have bought a souvenir if there was something tasteful and inexpensive. On the other side, a few years ago when we drove through California an awful lot of rest areas were closed.
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:00:21 PM

We'll see how it works.

[Edited by: PaylessKY at 6/28/2012 2:01:28 PM EST]
CTarp
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:00:04 PM

Another "tax"
toxigas
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:59:49 PM

They're trying!
99church
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:59:22 PM

yesterday, but good for them for finding money without raising taxes
edg104
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:59:01 PM

Good plan, I hope it works.
pmanning7843
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:54:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:53:37 PM

ok
oldiesman
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:51:30 PM

Another charge.
gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:50:36 PM

Any way to charge us for something.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:49:38 PM

yet ODOT can't find money to properly fix the busiest bridge in the state
JagXKR
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:48:53 PM

Rest stops are for rest and I shouldn't have to pull out my wallet when I stop.
papou
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:48:51 PM

good less taxes ?
drz614
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:46:09 PM

ok
TelsaOR
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:44:05 PM

We need charging stations at Rest Stops! We can then charge our cars while we poop!
Jamer
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:43:33 PM

Yeah, Good Luck With That One.
stpetebp
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:43:28 PM

Well, good for them
Dale Jr.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:42:48 PM

I'm surprised they didn't decide to add pay locks on the outside of the stalls.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:42:20 PM

good luck with that
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:42:03 PM

ok
danandmary
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:40:44 PM

Good for Ohio
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:38:04 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:38:03 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:36:25 PM

Then eventually, they will have to close the underperforming locations.
paoli8
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:33:38 PM

Ok
tick1946
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:32:32 PM

Have you folks that are complaining never stopped in WVA or NJ or PA. They have tolls, plus pay toilets and outrageous prices for food and gas along those pikes. And yet they are all broke! Ohio has lowered personal income taxes and business taxes---business has moved back here and unemployment is down. You can always get off the public road and use a free toilet at the Speedway etc:.
naw62
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:31:37 PM

Crazy idea
Tekkie
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:31:06 PM

More money into a rat hole.
camaro_man
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:30:37 PM

wow
nascar1411
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:27:16 PM

pee jugs will litter the roads
Timons
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:26:40 PM

With some of the sketchier rest-stops it may be difficult to attract sponsorship.
StraubeyKY
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:26:04 PM

Looks like I'm not stopping in Ohio any time soon.
amearly
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:25:45 PM

Again as long as they actually use the money for what is is intended for . To much taking out of the coffers for other things besides roads.
sdslim
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:24:20 PM

What next?
toneOH
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:24:16 PM

great
joeborge
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:23:37 PM

good
snappytom2
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:23:20 PM

Pay toilets, that's the ticket. The Democrats will have to pay, while the republican will be given free toilet tokens with a picture of Mitt Romney on them, courtesy of the benevolent Koch brothers. In Ohio, if democrat, you will have to pay to use the republican crapper.
GryphonX
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:21:49 PM

Been seeing more of this "selling advertising" on public structures ...

I think its a dangerous road to go down ...
isis1812
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:21:26 PM

Interesting
sparky808
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:20:06 PM

Thank you for posting.
red82mtu
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:15:38 PM

What's next, pay per sheet of toilet paper?
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