WASHINGTON, D.C. — A study out of the U.S. claims there is more than ample parking areas for trucks when factoring both commercial and public spaces.
The study, released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) includes a state-by-state breakdown of commercial and public rest areas.
Based on that combination, the study showed a sufficient supply in eight states, a surplus in 29 states and a shortage in 12 states. Shortages at commercial truck stops and travel plazas were far less common and largely offset public shortages in 35 states. Alaska was excluded because it did not report a supply of commercial spaces.
“Trucks play an essential role in transporting goods and keeping America’s economy strong,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. “We will continue to promote dialogue among states, municipalities, and the private sector to ensure the adequacy of truck parking across the nation. Sufficient rest opportunity for drivers is critical to highway safety.”
The study showed that an estimated 315,850 parking spaces at public rest areas and commercial truck stops and travel plazas serve Interstate highways and other NHS routes.
About 90 per cent of those spaces were in commercial truck stops and travel plazas while approximately 10 per cent were in public rest areas. A copy of the full report can be viewed on the agency Web site at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/.
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