Government, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Minnesota DOT Installing Technology to Guide Truckers to Parking Spaces

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Truck drivers passing through Minnesota who need of a safe place to pull off the road will be getting help from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which last week began installing new technology that will let them know in real time if rest areas still have parking spaces available.

Tim Harlow | StarTribune
February 13, 2018

Researchers Tout Benefits of Truck Parking Detection Technology

WASHINGTON — Truck-counting devices are valuable tools in the effort to ensure that carriers have places to park, according to Wei Sun, a researcher at University of Florida’s Transportation Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2018
Government, Business

Midwestern States Unite to Mitigate Truck Parking Problems

Minnesota Rest Sign Minnesota Department of Transportation

A group of eight Midwestern states is working to inform truckers of parking availability along major routes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2018
Government, Business

ELD Mandate Magnifies Parking Shortage, Washington Truck Exec Says

Parking Lot Beth Oliver/Flickr

Truckers in Washington state are meeting with lawmakers to discuss options for addressing the state’s shortage of truck parking, an issue which is expected to face added pressure once the federal requirement for use of electronic logs takes effect next week.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

Illinois Considering Closing Some Highway Rest Areas

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The state of Illinois is considering how to rehab, or possibly close, some state rest areas, and has even launched a public survey about travelers’ likes and dislikes of the interstate highway stops — drawing thousands of responses so far.

Mary Wisniewski and Ese Olumhense | Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2017
Government, Technology, Logistics, TCA

High-Tech Sensors Will Alert Truckers of Open Spaces at Florida Rest Stop

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Keith Mullin felt lucky he found a space to park his truck Oct. 6 at an Interstate 4 rest area in Longwood, Fla., after a 20-hour trip from central Wisconsin.

Martin E. Comas | Orlando Sentinel
October 10, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

NCDOT Considering Technology, More Truck Stops to Ease Parking Shortage


North Carolina’s Department of Transportation is exploring construction of additional truck stops and installation of sensor technology to resolve its shortage of truck parking spaces.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Scarce Truck Parking Has Atlanta Looking for Solutions

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Not nearly enough parking exists in metro Atlanta for truckers who must comply with federal rules that limit how many hours they can drive – a shortage that’s about to get worse, thanks to new enforcement procedures

David Wickert | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 30, 2017
Government, Technology, Safety

Iowa DOT to Install System to Help Truck Drivers Find Parking Along I-80

parking truck stop John Sommers II for Transport Topics

By 2019, rest areas along Iowa’s busy Interstate 80 freight route will be equipped with technology to help truck drivers traveling the highway to track parking availability, according to the state’s Department of Transportation.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Industry Clamors for Public Lands, Multiuse Weigh Stations for Truck Parking

truck parking rights of way Todd Lappin/Flickr

Using public lands along highway rights of way and optimizing weigh stations were common suggestions from stakeholders during listening sessions about truck parking hosted by federal transportation officials.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 11, 2017