The U.S. Department of Transportation has finally decided to acknowledge the need for more truck parking… in the most non-committal way possible. The USDOT announced its attention to begin studying the availability of truck parking on a state-by-state basis.
You might think that they have finally woken up and realized the absolute necessity for this sort of action, but no, even now they had to be pushed to it. The study is part of a 27-month surface transportation reauthorization bill that Congress approved last July. It will begin on April 1st and will look at truck volumes in each state and the availability and quantity of parking spaces that those states need.
There has been no word on whether new spaces or whole new parking facilities will be added, or indeed if any action will be taken at all.
This is absolutely better than the complete indifference that we’ve become used to seeing on this issue, but given that this is a study with no guarantee that any action will be taken regardless of the findings, it seems difficult to be optimistic that we will see any more parking spaces any time soon.