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Commercial Truck Parking Study

Nationwide, truck drivers often can't find safe parking when they need to rest. 


This is especially true in Oregon where rest areas already experience heavy demand, which is expected to worsen over time.

Graph: Frequency drivers experienced difficulty in finding safe parking locations in the past year (2015). Public rest areas are intended for short-term safety breaks but are increasingly used for long-term parking. Private truck stops are also experiencing capacity shortfalls. Winter weather, safety regulations, and other factors contribute to this rising demand and recent studies have shown that factors related to weather and fatigue tend to increase the severity of injuries in crashes involving trucks.

Truck parking shortages and limits on stays in public rest areas may be forcing truck drivers to park in unsafe locations such as access ramps and roadway shoulders. Drivers may also be forced to travel longer distances without taking needed breaks.

The Oregon Freight Advisory Committee, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have all identified the shortage of truck parking as a major issue that needs to be addressed.

Purpose

Federal law (Jason’s Law) requires an inventory and assessment of existing truck parking facilities in every state.

This study will:

  • Explore truck parking issues within seven key freight corridors. 
  • Consider capacity, safety and convenience to truck drivers and determine where additional truck parking is needed. 
  • Help decision-makers prioritize projects and allow ODOT to better plan future parking infrastructure that will better serve the trucking industry while supporting Oregon’s overall economy.

Study Corridors

The following corridors, based on factors such as freight route destinations and truck volumes, will be included in the study:

  • Interstate 5
  • Interstate 205
  • Interstate 84
  • US 97
  • OR 22/US 20
  • OR 58

Goals

This study aims to:

  1. Assess and address commercial parking needs in Oregon with practical, innovative and cost-effective strategies that include effective technology.
  2. Enhance the economic competitiveness of the state's major freight routes and improve safety.
  3. Develop the information necessary to support decisions regarding future approaches to truck parking issues in Oregon, including the state's role in the provision of truck parking.

Map of study corridors

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Truck stops and rest areas in the study area

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Study Schedule and Strategies

Background (February - April 2019)

  • Review commercial truck parking demand studies prepared by FHWA and other states.
  • Identify corridors and inventory public and private parking locations including private truck stops, rest areas, freeway ramps, shoulders, pullouts and weigh stations.

Understanding (May - October 2019)

  • Identify locations where truck parking is an issue or likely to be an issue, including an assessment of future truck parking locations.
  • Survey key stakeholders to help identify locations experiencing over-capacity demand and other issues.

Recommendations (October 2019 - January 2020)

  • Prioritize needs.
  • Identify 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.

The study will culminate in a Final Report that provides analysis and recommendations on truck parking demands and needs and strategies for addressing them. The study is expected to be finished by March 2020.


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

Documentation


Next TAC Meeting

November 12, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Building X, 455 Airport Rd. SE
Salem, OR. 97301

Last Updated

9/10/2019 1:58 PM

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  • Call (503) 731-4128 
  • Call TTY (800) 735-2900 
  • Use the statewide Oregon Relay Service: 7-1-1.

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