National Coalition on Truck Parking: Web Conference - October 19, 2017
U.S. Department of Transportation
October 19, 2017
A recording of this meeting is available upon request.
Caitlin Hughes-Rayman, Director of the Office of Freight Management and Operations, introduced the webinar. She noted that this meeting is a continuation of the four regional meetings held last year as part of the National Coalition on Truck Parking (NCTP).
Tiffany Julien discussed the agenda.
Jeff Purdy provided an overview of National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report. The Report provides a summary of the Coalition's work over the last few years and sets the foundation for moving the Coalition forward. The report came out of the Jason's Law Survey and Comparative Assessment, Section 1401(c) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act. The report summarizes the regional meetings that took place in 2016, and highlights key suggestions related to:
These four suggestions formed the basis of the National Coalition on Truck Parking Working Groups.
Cross Cutting Truck Parking Initiatives:
Multi-State TIGER Grant Project - Davonna Moore, Kansas DOT
Davonna Moore discussed Kansas DOT's Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS). TPIMS focuses on key Midwest freight corridors by monitoring 132 public and private parking sites. It collects real-time parking availability, aggregates and analyzes data, communicates parking availability to drivers, and measures impact on truck parking and safety. TPIMS can allow for better, more informed parking decisions by providing real-time information to drivers. Drivers want confirmation that parking is available as they're approaching the off-ramp. They prefer dynamic messaging signs (DMS) to other methods of communication. Drivers would like to see one seamless system between States, but this is hard to achieve due to differing procurement, data collection methods, data collection technology, operations and maintenance, data analytics, and information dissemination between States.
Kansas DOT has completed Phase 1 and 100% design for its TPIMS project. Phase 2 of software integration, construction, and testing, among other items, is underway.
For more information, see the NCTP Web Conference Slides and visit www.TrucksParkHere.com.Q&A:
VDOT Statewide Truck Parking Solution - Dean Gustafson, VDOT
The VDOT Truck Parking Study identified gaps in available parking in the State. Virginia State Police and Virginia truckers identified areas of need.
Virginia's Truck Parking Management Goals are to:
VDOT monitors spaces by using pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras to look space by space. The cameras will use multiple sensors and will also count in- and out-travel. This system will be more accurate than current systems because it will help account for trucks that don't park in the designated spaces.
VDOT developed a prioritized list of facilities based on occupancy and volume. They decided that even though it's more expensive, they want to have space sensor cameras and DMS. Subsequently, they developed an implementation plan and will put together a contract for installation.
Virginia will eventually need to have parking availability at private facilities, not just public. VDOT met with owners from private facilities that were interested in having better data. VDOT is exploring creative ways to incentivize private truck stops.
Virginia's Truck Parking System will provide the following operational and safety benefits:
For more information, see the NCTP Web Conference Slides.Q&A
2016 Truck Parking Study - Matthew Pahs, WSDOT
Jason's Law ranked Washington low on several measures. As a result, WSDOT developed a truck parking survey looking at supply and demand for truck parking, previous WSDOT activities on truck parking, updated issues and trends, and identified opportunities. The survey looked at all types of truck parking and truck parking economic corridors. The survey received 1118 responses, 84% of which were from truck drivers.
In addition to the survey, WSDOT held roundtable discussions with stakeholders, and conducted interviews and a ride-along. The interviews and survey found that there is a disconnect between preferred parking areas and the actual place that drivers park. WSDOT has identified opportunities in the categories of infrastructure, institutional, and financial categories for improvements. WSDOT also developed a truck parking map that highlights weigh stations, safety rest areas, and private truck stops.
The next steps are to address supply constraints, continue communication and coordination with the trucking industry, and conduct additional research.
For more information, refer to the NCTP Web Conference Slides.Q&A
Jeff Purdy discussed that $32 million in Federal-Aid Highway Funding assistance was provided to State DOTs for truck parking or user information projects under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Section 1305. He also discussed the Federal Aid Highway Formula Funding received by States that are eligible for truck parking.
Working Groups Topic Discussion
Tiffany Julien discussed the four working group topic areas:
Tiffany discussed priorities for each working group taken from the National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report. In addition to the topics identified in the presentation, members should focus on examples of implementation and best practices that can be shared more broadly.
For next steps, the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center will send out email with a link to a form asking participants to identify which working group they're interested in participating on.
One participant suggested that the Funding and Finance group look at carbon credits.
Another suggestion was that the Technology committee develop a new way to assess truck parking demand using data.
The good neighbor concept – how to make truck parking more palatable, such as by building in electric infrastructure, could belong to several different working groups: State, Regional, and Local Government Coordination, Parking Capacity, or Technology and Data.
Core Partners Update
Caitlin Rayman thanked those partners that have been involved in the National Coalition on Truck Parking since the Jason's Law survey in 2014 and in sharing ideas in roundtables. She requested Core Partners to provide updates to the group.
Caroline Boris provided an update on behalf of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), noting that they are presently involved in or have recently completed seven truck parking studies this year. Five studies were for State DOTs, and two for MPOs. In addition, ATRI conducts an annual survey to assess what the major issues in the trucking industry are for both drivers and executives. In 2015, the truck drivers ranked truck parking as the number two issue, and in 2016 it dropped to third place. Caroline noted that the 2017 issues report would be released next week. The report is available at: http://atri-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ATRI-Top-Industry-Issues-2017.pdf
Caitlin Rayman thanked participants and presenters and encouraged participation in the Working Groups.
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