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Truck parking grant funds alert program established in western U.S.

System to determine space availability along I-10 corridor in four states

Posted May 7, 2019

A nearly $7 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been awarded to four states along the western part of the Interstate 10 corridor to develop a program alerting truck drivers to parking spaces.

DOTs in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas comprise the I-10 Corridor Coalition, which has received the grant money to implement a truck parking availability detection and information dissemination system at 37 public truck parking locations along the interstate from Texas to California.

The program helps guide drivers to safe parking sites and reduces the need for drivers to rest on freeway shoulders and on ramps.

The states will deploy a Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS) that collects parking availability information and relays the information through signs on the interstate and through websites and a phone app.

A similar TPIMS program is already up and running in the Midwest through the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials. The program includes Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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