‘Big Three’ truck stop companies add thousands of parking spaces in 2018
While federal, state and local governments are doing little to alleviate the truck parking problem, the private sector stepped up to the plate in 2018. Between Love’s Travel Stops, Pilot Flying J and TravelCenters of America, more than 4,000 truck parking spots were added to the infrastructure last year.
Both in 2017 and 2018, Love’s Travel Stops has showed up in a big way. In 2018, Love’s added nearly 3,000 truck parking spaces across the country at 35 new locations and now has a total of about 33,000 spaces.
In 2017, Love’s put up similar numbers. More than 3,000 truck parking spaces were added across 36 new locations.
“We plan to add more than 2,700 truck parking spaces at new travel stops this year” a Love’s spokesperson told Land Line. “The additional truck parking will provide our customers with many more convenient places to fuel up and get back on the road quicker.”
Pilot Flying J had a big year in 2018, more than doubling the number of new locations and truck parking spaces compared with 2017. Last year, Pilot Flying J added more than 1,150 truck parking spaces and opened 21 new stores. Pilot Flying J has a total of 72,000 spaces.
During the previous year, Pilot Flying J opened eight new locations and 504 more parking spaces. However, 2017 was largely spent on facility enhancement projects. More than 50 locations completed facility enhancement projects during that time.
The company’s goal for 2019 is to open more than 15 new travel centers across the U.S. and Canada. In total, nearly 1,000 truck parking spaces are projected to be added to the infrastructure this year.
Meanwhile over at TravelCenters of America, four new TA Express locations were opened in 2018. Those added locations also came with 173 additional truck parking spaces. According to a TravelCenters of America spokesperson, the company expects more TA Express locations to be added this year.
Overall, TA now boasts nearly 48,000 parking spaces. “It is important to note, we have 256 locations,” a TA spokesperson said. “So our average per site is 186, (which is a) larger per site average than the other chains.” LL