Transportation advocates searching for truck-parking solutions

May 28, 2020

COVID-19 illuminated an already-worsening dilemma when the Turnpike Commission and PennDOT closed down Pennsylvania’s rest areas, attempting to control the spreading virus. The dilemma? Parking facilities for trucks.

While many members of the motoring public simply stopped driving and sheltered in place, the nation’s freight haulers still had work to do – especially when those hunkering down at home began ordering everything from hand sanitizer to dog food from on-line purveyors. Pennsylvania scrambled to restore truck parking areas, and most if not all of the Commonwealth’s rest stops are up and running again.

It was already becoming an issue as the market for online purchases is growing rapidly. The American Transportation Research Institute’s most recent Top Industry Issues report identified truck parking as fifth among the trucking industry’s top concerns.

Recently, a coalition of 13 organizations – transportation departments and Metropolitan Planning Organizations – has launched a survey to gather insight into the parking problem and will share the results with the Federal Highway Administration later this year. The coalition’s members represent Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“The trucking industry is certainly aware of the challenges surrounding truck parking,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “Its goal is to find solutions before there are supply chain disruptions, which will only become a bigger threat as truck traffic continues to increase.”

An article about the survey can be found at this link.


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