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Commercial Truck Parking Study

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Commercial truck drivers often can't find safe and adequate parking when they need to rest. MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - 2012) contains specific language to address the nation's shortage of long-term truck parking along the National Highway System.

Oregon is no exception, where some rest areas are experiencing higher demands for truck parking that can't currently be accommodated. The Oregon Commercial Truck Parking Study, or OCTPS, will analyze truck parking issues on the key freight corridors of the state. 

The study will examine capacity, safety and convenience to truck drivers and determine where additional truck parking is needed. The project will allow ODOT to better plan parking infrastructure and thereby better serve both the trucking industry and Oregon's overall economy.

The study began in January 2019 and is expected to be completed in January 2020.
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Major Tasks

  • Review commercial truck parking studies prepared by other states and FHWA including the 2017 ODOT study, “Truck Parking: An Emerging Safety Hazard to Highway Users.”

  • Determine the highways to be included in the study based on factors including freight route designations, freight hubs and truck volumes.

  • Identify data available and determine the metrics and methodology that will be used to measure the extent of the problem currently and in the future.

  • Develop an inventory of the designated truck parking locations that includes inventories of public and private parking locations including private truck stops, rest areas, freeway ramps, shoulders, pullouts and weigh stations.

  • Estimate current and future demand for truck parking using the methodology selected above, video sessions, stakeholder input and annual freight growth rates.

  • Identify gaps in the study corridors for the existing and future truck parking demand in order to describe where and when the demand exceeds the capacity.

  • Conduct a stakeholder survey to collect user opinions and other information regarding truck parking at rest areas and private truck stops in the study corridors.

  • Identify low-cost recommendations for addressing truck parking issues, needs and opportunities for public-private-partnerships to provide strategic enhancements to the truck parking system including emerging technologies, such as real-time parking availability systems, innovative supply expansion options and potential funding sources.

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee, or TAC, will include representatives from a wide range of national, statewide, and regional interests from both the private and public sectors. The OCTPS TAC will be charged with reviewing and providing comments on various reports that will be used to develop the final study. Committee members will also be involved in the development of proposed strategies and recommendations. They will consist of a broad spectrum of stakeholders in order to make better informed decisions and build public support to address the issues related to truck parking.

Please email Robin Marshburn if you would like to receive email updates about committee meetings and document postings.

Representatives from the following organizations will be on the TAC: 

View and download the representatives list

  • Local and regional trucking companies
  • The Oregon Trucking Association (OTA)
  • ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD)
  • Oregon State Police
  • Oregon Travel Information Council (OTIC)
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Port of Portland 
  • Other organizations
April 1, 2019 TAC Meeting
885 Airport Rd. SE
Salem, OR. 97301
Meeting materials:

Project Contact

Project Manager
(503) 986-3696


Last Updated

4/16/2019 10:12 AM

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