The National Academies

NCHRP 08-140 [Anticipated]

National Design and Interoperability Standards for Truck Parking Information Management Systems

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Special Committee on Freight
Funds: $500,000
Staff Responsibility: Velvet Basemera-Fitzpatrick
Fiscal Year: 2021

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected in August 2020. The project statement will be available on this site. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), on average, truck drivers spend over 30 minutes per day looking for truck parking spaces. Many states are developing and installing specialized truck parking information management systems to provide a low cost, high benefit solution to communicate truck parking availability at rest areas and commercial truck stops. As more states begin to develop these systems, there is a need to provide national standards on the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) architecture, physical design, and location of signage and interoperability between systems and states. National standards should be addressed now, before truck parking information systems become standard fixtures in every state.

The objective of this research is to identify national interoperability standards for truck parking information management systems. The outcomes of this work will include, but are not limited to the following:
1. A summary of existing state DOT truck parking systems and their performance
2. Review of technologies that are commercially available for installation
3. Guidance on design specifications for the implementation of new systems
4. Guidance on the spacing of signage and communications to drivers
5. Complete a technical ITS and traffic engineering roundtable to discuss specific issues pertaining to designs and telecommunications
6. Creation of an open ITS architecture that can be used in each state and that allows for the data to be shared with other states or users in an easy to use format
7. A guidebook for state DOT staff that provides information on the development, funding, design and construction of truck parking systems
8. A review of any future technologies that may compliment or advance truck parking systems

The research will evaluate existing information management systems, convene national experts in the areas of truck parking, and traffic engineering and ITS infrastructure to provide recommendations for national standards. In addition, a series of existing systems from Florida, the Mid-America Freight Coalition Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS), and others will be reviewed as case studies to understand future performance and integration of these systems in future technologies.

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