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  • 19 Mar 2020 6:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    QuickCheck and WaWa convenience stores have facilities open throughout New Jersey

    Use the links below to find location closest to you.


    QuickCheck - https://quickchek.com/locations-services-fuel


    WaWa  http://www.wawa.com  WaWa NJ Locations: NJ Fuel.xlsx (excel sheet)



  • 19 Mar 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PA Turnpike to Reopen All 17 Service Plazas Starting Friday Morning

    Restrooms and limited food items will be available inside each facility.

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will reopen all 17 of its service plazas Friday, March 20. Starting tomorrow at 7 a.m., restrooms inside all service plazas will be open 24 hours. The outdoor portable toilets will remain in place at the service plazas for approximately one week.

    Limited food options will be available at all service plazas starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. for take-out only. (Thereafter, and until further notice, food will be served from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. except at North Midway and Valley Forge locations which will offer food 24/7.) All service plazas will have limited staffing for the safety of the employees of HMS Host and 7-Eleven, which operate the PA Turnpike service plazas. Fuel and all convenience stores inside the service plazas will continue to remain open 24 hours a day. For more information on service plazas, visit https://www.paturnpike.com/pdfs/travel/PTC_Service_Plaza_Guide.pdf.

    REMINDERS:

    The PA Turnpike is not accepting cash or credit cards at its “ticket system” interchanges. This is a temporary safety measure to keep travelers moving with no need to stop at tollbooths or interact with tolling personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike’s TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points. Cash tolls will still be in place on the Mon-Fayette Expressway (PA Turnpike 43) via the current Automated Payment Machines.

    All those with special hauling permits for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles (Class 9) will still be able to travel the PA Turnpike. However, they must follow modified procedures during the temporary all-electronic tolling period. All customers in this category must print and carry a hard copy of the approved permit. Tolling personnel at designated interchanges will be available to assist with the appropriate lane assignments. All haulers must apply for a permit within two weeks of the anticipated travel day.

    All scheduled construction projects have been halted at this time to keep customers moving, as well as, to limit worker interaction.

    Prior to traveling on the PA Turnpike, customers should visit PATurnpike.com for updated information on any operational changes due to COVID-19.

    To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact us, use one of these resources:

     

    ON THE PA TURNPIKE

    · Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike

    · Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)

    BY PHONE

    · Turnpike Roadway Information Program (toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)

    · Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414(weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

    ON THE WEB

    · Check the PA Turnpike and all PA roadways at: www.511PA.com

    · Travel Conditions Map — live, interactive conditions map; view at https://www.paturnpike.com/webmap

    · Waze— a crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at https://www.waze.com


  • 19 Mar 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: COVID-19 CLOSURE/LIMITED OPERATIONS

    Extensions to expiration dates  

    What expiration dates were extended?

    All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring between March 13 and May 31 have been extended by two months from the previous expiration date.  

    This includes:

    All standard driver licenses

    Standard non-driver IDs

    Commercial driver licenses (CDLs) (including med cert and endorsements)

    Commercial Learner Permits (CLPs) (including med cert and endorsements)

    Commercial registrations

    Inspections

    Temporary tags  

    What is my new expiration date?

    If your expiration date is March, you are extended until the same date in May.

    If your expiration date is April, you are extended until the same date in June.

    If your expiration date is May, you are extended until the same date in July.    

    My appointment was cancelled. What are my options?

    REAL ID Appointments:

    Keep your cancellation email – When the Agencies re-open, you can get a walk-in appointment at any time for 30 days by showing your cancellation email.   

    Road Test Appointment: Road tests, including commercial road tests, are suspended. When we re-open, those whose appointments were cancelled will receive priority handling. We will also re-open with increased capacity in order to clear the backlog quickly.  

    Pre-Conference Hearing: Pre-conference hearings are currently suspended. We are working to create options to continue pre-conference hearings if closure continues beyond what is currently planned. We will contact you directly if we are able to conduct your hearing remotely. 

    https://www.nj.gov/mvc/index.html 

  • 19 Mar 2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be reopening select rest areas across Pennsylvania for truck parking. PennDOT rest areas were closed at midnight Tuesday in response to Governor Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19.

    To address safety concerns raised, PennDOT has identified 13 of its 30 rest areas in critical locations that will be available for truck parking starting tomorrow, March 19.

    "Every decision made has been in the interest of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and we are constantly reevaluating our response," said PennDOT Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E. "That said, we also recognize the importance of freight movement and that drivers need access to rest areas."

    Each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. To prevent further spread of COVID-19, PennDOT does not plan to open any of the indoor facilities due to staff availability to keep facilities clean and properly sanitized.

    These are the locations that will be reopened for truck parking:

    • Interstate 79: Crawford County NB/SB;
    • Interstate 79: Allegheny NB only; 
    • Interstate 80: Venango County EB/WB;
    • Interstate 80: Centre County EB/WB;
    • Interstate 80: Montour County EB/WB;
    • Interstate 81: Luzerne County NB/SB;
    • Interstate 81: Cumberland County NB/SB;

    The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.



  • 18 Mar 2020 7:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NJDOT operates welcome centers/rest stops along I-295 in Carneys Point and I-80 in Knowlton for motorists and trucks, and truck rest areas on I-287 in Harding and I-80 in Roxbury. All remain open to the public, however the indoor restroom facilities at the Carney’s Point and Knowlton locations are closed until further notice.  Vending machines are still accessible. The Harding and Roxbury truck rest areas do not have buildings. There are port-o-johns available onsite at all of the rest areas.


  • 18 Mar 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety  Administration (FMCSA) today issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    “Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, FMCSA is providing additional regulatory relief to our nation’s commercial drivers to get critically important medical supplies, food, and household goods to Americans in need. The nation’s truck drivers are on the front lines of this effort and are critical to America’s supply chain. We will continue to support them and use our authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.  

    FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

    • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
    • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
    • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
    • Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
    • Fuel.
       
    • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
    • Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.
    • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.

    The expanded declaration stipulates that direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of the emergency declaration.

    To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the drive must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers. 

    FMCSA’s emergency declaration is the first time the Agency has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus. 

    To read expanded FMCSA’s national emergency declaration, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/expanded-emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002


  • 17 Mar 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rest Areas in Pennsylvania

    All Pennsylvania (PennDOT) rest areas and welcome centers statewide will be closed to the public effective 12:01 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

    Pennsylvania Turnpike

    NO CASH ACCEPTED, NO STOPPING AT TOLLBOOTHS ON TURNPIKE “TICKET SYSTEM”

    As temporary safety measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) will no longer accept cash and credit cards on its mainline ticket system beginning March 16 at 8 p.m. All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points.

    With the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE, high-speed cameras capture license-plate images as vehicles pass through. The registered vehicle owner receives an invoice within 30 days for trips made through the tolling point. Invoices can be paid online, by phone or by mail.

    For more details go to https://www.paturnpike.com/press/2020/20200316132828.htm 

    INDOOR FAST FOOD DINING AND RESTROOMS CLOSED AT ALL SERVICE PLAZAS

    In an effort to limit exposure and health risk to customers and service personnel, all service plazas are limiting services to gasoline and convenience stores. No fast food dining will be available. Portable toilets are available. For other service plaza locations and amenities, visit https://www.paturnpike.com/pdfs/travel/PTC_Service_Plaza_Guide.pdf.


  • 17 Mar 2020 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NATSO, representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, issued the following statement today confirming that its members remain open and continue to serve the professional drivers who are transporting supplies and goods in support of COVID-19 emergency relief.

    Travel centers and truckstops across the United States continue to provide food, fuel and the other essential amenities needed by professional drivers, including showers.

    “Truck drivers are depending on truckstops and travel centers as they deliver food and life-saving supplies. Our members are committed to doing their part during the nation’s response to this emergency,” said NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings. “As the nation confronts the coronavirus outbreak, the country's travel centers and truckstops are committed to remaining open and serving America's drivers. Fuel retailers are ‘essential’ businesses that must remain open even if other ‘nonessential’ businesses are forced to close.” 

    Travel centers are well-positioned to serve the nation’s hard-working, professional drivers during this critical time.

    Although some states have ordered the closing of sit-down restaurants, travel plazas and truckstops offer many food options, including quick-serve food and healthy grab-and-go options. Even where restaurants are prohibited from offering sit-down table service, travel centers are converting those restaurants to allow for take-out options.

    "In these difficult times it is essential that the American people can count on the nation's professional truck drivers to continue delivering food and other essential products to communities throughout the country,” Mullings said. “The truckstop and travel center industry is committed to continuing to play the important role of feeding and fueling truck drivers.”


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