The I-95 Coalition continues to focus on truck parking as a critical issue facing the Corridor. Trucks are a key transportation mode in the corridor. The average annual daily truck volume throughout the entire corridor is over 10,000 with portions of the corridor above 31,000 trucks. These trucks need safe, secure locations to park, either for short periods of time while waiting for a business to open each day or waiting for congestion to subside, or for longer periods to meet federally mandated hours of service (HOS) rest requirements.
The Coalition’s Truck Parking activities span an array of interest areas to economically and viably serve a diverse geographical situations. During the past several years, these activities have included investigation of truck parking technologies; truck parking applications which are flexible and adaptable, and useable within states’ existing system platforms; ability to reach the user with well-timed truck parking availability information; holding a truck parking workshop for the entire Corridor; and conducting a demonstration pilot project, along with an evaluation of the project and lessons learned.
Click on the links below to learn more about the Coalition’s Truck Parking Activities.
What's Happening Now
Pilot Demonstration now operated by VDOT. See the system in action, click on the Truck Parking item on the left-hand side of the map.
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A number of supporting documents were developed during the span of this Truck Parking Project.
The pilot demonstration project period concluded on April 30, 2018 and the system, having been installed at 5 Virginia sites, was turned over to the Virginia DOT for continued operation, demonstrating system viability, transferability, modularity, scalability, and adaptability.
Visit VDOT to see the system in action: http://www.511virginia.org/ and click on the Truck Parking item on the left-hand side of the map.
Overall, the project proved to be beneficial to state departments of transportation, truckers/users/stakeholders, and project operators, developers and designers. Read the Demonstration Project Evaluation and Results, along with Lessons Learned.
The project also identified further work which should be explored:
- determine whether and where cross-state communications are needed for long-distance truckers, particularly for cross-border travel.
- elucidate why truckers are stopping and where they are stopping.
- Identify best communications media/equipment with the truckers, such as placement of VMS/DMS parking availability alerts.
TRUCK PARKING WORKSHOP
In early May, 2018, the I‑95 Corridor Coalition organized a workshop dedicated to better understand the unique issues and needs surrounding truck parking and discuss potential solutions. Representatives from the 17 state departments of transportation (DOTs) that comprise the Corridor Coalition participated, and addressed the workshop’s four key objectives:
- Share recent activities to understand what is working and where;
- Develop a list of truck parking attributes necessary to create viable solutions;
- Understand the positive and negative aspects of various approaches to addressing truck parking needs; and
- Gain a better understanding of how changes in regulations and technology could affect truck parking.
The Truck Parking Workshop built on related work in this area including the Coalition’s experience in developing and implementing a real time truck parking availability system and building on the work of the National Coalition on Truck Parking in examining best practices and strategies to address truck parking. By bringing together Coalition members exclusively, the workshop was an opportunity for participants to share experiences honestly and to ask and answer the “hard questions.”By focusing on DOTs with operating authority, the initial discussion focused on real-world approaches within the corridor. The I‑95 Corridor Coalition continues to have an important role to play to support its member agencies in this discussion. This includes coordinating and sharing data and best practices throughout the corridor, and providing a forum for the various agencies and stakeholders to interact to discuss truck parking challenges in general, while recognizing some of the unique challenges for truck parking along the East Coast. Read the Truck Parking Workshop Final Report including Results.