In an effort to address the truck parking crisis, the Federal Highway Administration created the National Coalition on Truck Parking consisting of industry stakeholders. Four events were scheduled to discuss the problems. As we approach the final meeting of 2016, we’d like to share a review and the progress of Jason’s Law and the National Truck Parking Coalitions’ goals, motives, and progress.
We would also like to share the follow up of what REALWomenInTrucking.org (RWIT) has embarked upon as a result of attending these meetings, as well as the valuable networking which occurred. Desiree Wood, President of REALWomenInTrucking, will be attending the final meeting this year on October 5th 2016 in Grain Valley, MO. Hope Rivenburg, crusader for Jason’s law the cornerstone for the National Truck Parking Coalition, will also be attending the final meeting.
Also attending the last meeting in Dallas, Tx was Pat Hockaday of Truckers United. He posted his assessment of Truck Parking on Facebook, which we have included in this article also. He will also be attending the Oct 5th meeting in Missouri.
First a review of Jason’s Law, Map 21, The Truck Parking Shortage, and the National Truck Parking Coalition.
Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern. An inadequate supply of truck parking spaces can result in two negative consequences. First, tired truck drivers may continue to drive because they have difficulty finding a place to park for rest. Second, truck drivers may choose to park at unsafe locations, such as on the shoulder of the road, exit ramps, or vacant lots, if they are unable to locate official, available parking. Numerous public, private, academic and non-profit studies have been completed on the adequacy of truck parking, and these studies have some common findings including an expected growth in truck activity, severe shortages of parking for trucks, lack of information on truck parking opportunities, and challenges due to limited delivery windows and specific rest requirements. Read more for the links which provide information to the programs and activities authorized that support truck parking, as well as the reports, surveys and historical information for truck parking.
Purpose The National Coalition on Truck Parking meetings aimed at identifying solutions to truck parking issues around the nation.
It was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to address well documented shortage of truck parking across the nation.
Truck parking problems are a national safety concern. Studies have documented projected growth of truck traffic on the nation’s highway system, severe truck parking problems in some regions, a lack of adequate information for truck drivers about parking capacity at existing facilities, and the challenges associated with routing and delivery requirements.
With an interest in continuing the dialogue on national truck parking needs, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formed a coalition of stakeholder organizations to help resolve truck parking problems. The four regional meetings bring together members of the coalition to identify strategies and approaches that address the parking needs of interstate truckers.
Dates and Locations:
June 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah
July 12 – Hanover, Maryland
August 26 – Dallas, Texas
October 5 – Grain Valley, Missouri
The Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey and Comparative Assessment was conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to meet the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21; P.L. 112-141) law that became effective on October 1, 2012.
In MAP-21, “Jason’s Law” was established to provide a “national priority on addressing the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System (NHS) to improve the safety of motorized and non-motorized users and for commercial motor vehicle operators.” Specifically, Jason’s Law requires the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a survey and comparative assessment in consultation with relevant State motor carrier representatives to:
- Evaluate the capability of [each] State to provide adequate parking and rest facilities for commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate transportation;
- Assess the volume of commercial motor vehicle traffic in [each] State; and
- Develop a system of metrics to measure the adequacy of commercial motor vehicle parking facilities in [each] State.
This work evaluated levels of truck parking demand and compared it to publicly and privately available truck parking opportunities along the National Highway System (NHS). Metrics have also been developed so that truck parking problems can be periodically evaluated. FHWA has made information available on truck parking at: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/infrastructure/truck_parking/
As a result of the National Truck Parking Coalition meeting and as one of the original 2009 advocates of Jason’s Law,Desiree Wood. founder of RWIT has created a group on Facebook to gather all who would like to seriously be a part of making positive change by addressing Truck Parking Shortage. The group is The Truck Parking Coalition
The purpose of the groups is to share truck parking news and updates as well as review all notes from the National Truck Parking meetings. A most beneficial result so far has been the call to action to take part in notifying agencies about laws and available funds:
How to Take Action on a Local Level for Truck Parking-
RWIT explains that we all have a voice that can help move this discussion further into our communities by taking the time to ask questions. Request more information from state agencies by doing the following:
Send a letter to the agency heads informing them of the FAST Act requirements which says that each state must have an approved freight plan and freight network in place by December 2017 in order to continue to use their freight formula funds that were made available in FAST ACT. The FAST Act: The Freight Provisions read more on how to take action
Desiree then created a template of the letter to send to state agencies.
Letter to state agency regarding FAST ACT It is suggested to make more personal according your personal experiences.
Finally, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Database
to send your letter or CALL
TRUCK PARKING -A Facebook thread by Pat Hockaday
It should be obvious to everyone that when ELD’s, E-Logs on steroids, come into play our parking problems will Only INCREASE as the variances that are currently available on E-Logs will come to an end.
NO MORE WIGGLE ROOM DRIVERS!!!
Consider the impact that speed limiters will have. When we slow the trucks down how many MORE Trucks will be needed to haul the freight we currently haul?
I have been invited to attend the last Truck Parking Coalition Listening Session in Grain Valley, MO at the OOIDA Headquarters on 10/5.
Lets get a list going per topic for me to take with me.
These are the topics for discussion;
Topic Area #1 – Parking Capacity Expansion
This discussion will cover the overall supply and accommodation of truck parking spaces. Key considerations for this topic include the siting and accessibility of trucking parking facilities, facility design, and the use of sites not typically used for truck parking (such as brownfield sites and weight stations) for use as potential spaces during periods of peak parking demand.
Topic Area #2 – Funding/Finance (Regulatory/Policy)
This topic includes the funding of facilities and technology to accommodate trucking parking. Also, regulations and policies that affect truck parking are included under this topic. Items for discussion include funding under federal transportation authorization, other potential funding sources such as public/private partnerships and incentives for new/expanded facilities. Regulatory issues and policies, such as hours of service requirements, will also be discussed under this topic.
Topic Area #3 – Technology/Data
Discussion for this topic includes the use of roadside ITS and in vehicle technology through smartphone apps or online resources for truck parking. Other items for this topic include leveraging truck parking data, ensuring inter-operability of technology applications, and sharing of information.
Topic Area #4 – Coordination with Regional and Local Governments
The discussion of this topic will cover coordination with regional and local governments, and community outreach to discuss the important of truck parking. On the regional level, discussions should focus on how to integrate truck parking considerations into a Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program. On a local level, this topic will address how to best communicate the need and benefits of accommodating truck parking through land use controls
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