The Federal Highway Administration is seeking advice on a pilot program
that could improve the availability of truck parking nationwide.
On Monday, June 26, FHWA published a “notice and request for comments” in the Federal Register to
determine how a pilot program, which was approved as part of the highway
funding legislation signed into law this past August, will be carried out.
The program will provide about $6.2 million in grants per year through
2009 for states and municipalities to improve commercial parking. Exactly how
those grants are enacted, though, will depend on responses from truckers and
industry officials during this comment period.
According to Section 1305 of the Highway Bill, the grants must serve
the National Highway System and fall under one of the following categories:
- Constructing safety rest areas that include
parking for commercial motor vehicles;
- Constructing commercial motor vehicle parking
facilities adjacent to commercial truck stops and travel plazas;
- Opening existing facilities to commercial motor
vehicle parking, including inspection and weigh stations, and
- Promoting the availability of publicly or
privately provided commercial motor vehicle parking on the National
Highway System using intelligent transportation systems and other means;
- Constructing turnouts along the National Highway
System for commercial motor vehicles;
- Making capital improvements to public commercial
motor vehicle parking facilities currently closed on a seasonal basis to
allow the facilities to remain open year-round; and
- Improving the geometric design of interchanges on
the National Highway System to improve access to commercial motor vehicle
Tom Weakley, director of operations for the OOIDA Foundation, said the
Association will be filing comments supporting the pilot program.
“We will definitely make comments, and we will thank (FHWA) for at
least recognizing that there is a parking problem,” Weakley said.
The comment deadline is Aug. 25. Comments do not have to be signed and
can be submitted anonymously.
All submissions must include the agency name and docket number,
FHWA-2006-25066. To submit your completed comments, you can:
Docket Management Facility,
U.S. Department of
400 Seventh St. SW, Nassif
Building Room PL-401,
Washington, DC 20590-0001.