ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched a survey on truck parking information needs and system requirements.
Supported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), ATRI is currently working with several state Departments of Transportation to develop a real-time truck parking information system for commercial drivers.
ATRI is now documenting driver and carrier needs and expectations for the truck parking information system.
Truck drivers, dispatchers and fleet managers are encouraged to provide confidential input on truck parking issues through ATRI’s survey, available online at www.atri-online.org.
Truck parking is a major issue along the nation’s highways with truckers commonly reporting they start looking for a place to parking as early as 4 p.m. each day.
The new surface transportation bill, MAP-21, addresses the issue.
It requires the Department of Transportation, in consultation with state motor carrier safety staff, to conduct a survey of each state’s commercial vehicle parking capabilities and needs by April 1, 2014.
Iowa 80 Truckstop, which bills itself as the nation’s largest truckstop, recently announced it would add 110 parking spaces by next spring, bring the total available at the Walcott, Iowa, facility to just over 900.
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