HOLD IT

Are Rest Stops Going Extinct?

This holiday weekend, remember to use the bathroom before you hit the road: States are closing rest stops as a part of new budget cuts. Louisiana has shuttered most of its rest stops already; Virginia has announced it will save $9 million a year by closing 19 rest areas; and Maine, Vermont, and Colorado will soon follow. The Wall Street Journal reports that as this all-American staple becomes scarce, people aren't just learning to hold their bladders: The closings have generated a backlash in states, with the American Trucking Associations opposing the move and town hall meetings in Virginia focused on reversing the cuts.