The National Academies

NCHRP 08-141 [Anticipated]

Guidance for Local Truck Parking Regulations

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Special Committee on Freight
Funds: $450,000
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.

Freight demand continues to grow alongside population and economic growth. With the majority of freight goods being moved by trucks, industrial and residential developments are generating more truck trips and parking demand than local infrastructure can handle. Truck drivers need parking to rest, stage, and store their trucks in order to operate in the communities they serve. Parking is generally a local land use issue, and many cities lack effective codes and regulations to accommodate and manage their commercial truck parking needs. Effective local truck parking ordinances help keep truckers and other drivers safe, improve highway performance, reduce road maintenance costs, support economic growth, and promote community health and livability.

The objective of this research is to examine how and why local truck parking policy decisions are made, identify gaps and opportunities in rules and regulations, showcase model ordinances, and develop guidance for a range of model truck parking ordinances that cities would be willing to adopt, and develop a guide book for truck parking model ordinances. Research tasks should include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Review a nationally representative sample set of decision-making processes on truck parking issues.
2. Survey and/or interview government officials, community representatives, truck drivers, and business owners from the sample set to develop an understanding of the problem, data, and information to support the problem, business and community engagement that was conducted, and basis for decision-making.
3. Identify gaps and opportunities in rules and regulations related to planning, design, land use, safety, and environmental concerns surrounding truck parking.
4. Showcase exemplary truck parking ordinances and identify elements to include in model ordinances.
5. Develop model language and guidance for local jurisdictions.
6. Prepare a concise report summarizing the research effort and findings, lessons learned, and boilerplate code language and guidance that can be customized to fit community characteristics and state needs.
7. Prepare materials for outreach and engagement of end users of the research.

The guidance and sample ordinances produced from this research will provide state DOTs with the necessary tools to work with local and regional governments to shape and/or improve upon local codes. The research will also aid local and state governments in achieving the intent of Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey (MAP-21; P.L. 112-141), by increasing safe parking options for truck drivers.

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