Eight Midwest states share $25 million grant related to truck parking

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 10/30/2015

Eight states in the Midwest will share a $25 million federal grant to address the issue of truck parking. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant seeks to implement a regional truck parking information management system where truckers will be provided with reliable, real-time information on parking availability.

Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin will all receive a portion of the TIGER grant. Titled the Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System Project, the grant will use existing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) on major truck routes in the eight states.

The project will apply to both state Department of Transportation-owned and private truck rest areas. Traveler information websites, dynamic truck parking signage along interstates and smart phone apps will all be part of the project. When completed, the project will be one of the largest geographic areas of ITS deployment of truck parking technology in the country, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release.

According to a Kansas Department of Transportation press release, the Sunflower State will include parking information along Interstate 70 and Interstate 135. Iowa will include parking information along Interstate 80, and Michigan and Wisconsin will include Interstate 94.

Each state will receive approximately $2 million to more than $3 million. All eight states will also contribute a 10 percent match of the deployment costs.

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