Federal tourism aid funds gas stations, trash cans, jazz

  • People dance as they listen to music at the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival July 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Hundreds of tourism-related projects nationwide, including the festival, collectively are getting about $2.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan, according to an Associated Press analysis of funds flowing from last year's wide-ranging coronavirus relief law. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Mike Phillips performs at the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival July 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Hundreds of tourism-related projects nationwide, including the festival, collectively are getting about $2.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan, according to an Associated Press analysis of funds flowing from last year's wide-ranging coronavirus relief law. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Located along a remote stretch of Highway 395, the Fort Independence Travel Plaza touts a dozen gas pumps, clean restrooms and made-to-order meals for travelers visiting California’s Eastern Sierra.