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Results of ATRI truck parking studies published

Shortage of available parking continues to be a hot topic for drivers and carriers

Posted March 2, 2017

Two recent truck parking studies completed by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) are now available on ATRI’s website.

The shortage of available truck parking continues to be a concern for the trucking industry, according to ATRI. Its research of the hot topic was completed for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

One of the two studies, “Utilizing Truck GPS Data to Assess Parking Supply and Demand,” used truck GPS data to assess truck parking capacity at four Minnesota rest areas. ATRI looked at when trucks were visiting several state-run rest stops (i.e., time-of-day and day-of-week) by cross-referencing truck GPS data.

In the second study, “A Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability,” ATRI partnered with the University of Minnesota in a field test where real-time truck parking information was communicated to commercial drivers. The field test used three delivery systems to alert drivers, including:

  • Roadside changeable message signs,
  • A website information portal, and
  • In-cab communication systems.

ATRI’s two studies offer new approaches to identify where additional truck parking is needed, as well as an efficient means of relaying available parking to commercial drivers.

To view the studies, visit the ATRI website.

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