Parking Zone – October 2020
Federal truck parking bill, HR6104, growing in support
Congress has been extremely busy this year with the pandemic, issues related to protests, and the fact it’s a presidential election year. Unfortunately, that means bills that don’t attract mainstream attention get buried. Fortunately, HR6104, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, is alive and well.
On Aug. 22, three more House representatives signed on as co-sponsors to Rep. Mike Bost’s truck parking bill: James Baird (R-Ind.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.). Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) signed the bill Sept. 15. This is great for at least two reasons. First, with two Republicans and two Democrats, the newcomers further show that this bill is getting broad bipartisan support. Second, HR6104 receiving an injection of four co-sponsors reveals that the bill is not getting lost in the shuffle.
If passed, HR6104 will allocate $755 million over five years specifically to add truck parking capacity. It explicitly prohibits paid parking with projects funded by the bill.
The other co-sponsors include:
- Angie Craig (D-Minn.).
- Brian Babin (R-Texas).
- Greg Pence (R-Ind.).
- John Garamendi (D-Calif.).
- Chris Stewart (R-Utah).
- Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.).
- Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.)
Don’t see your representative on the list? Contact them and encourage them to co-sponsor HR6104.
Northeast truck parking survey results are in
Earlier this year, officials in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania asked truckers to give feedback about truck parking during the pandemic. The results are in and not at all surprising.
Of the nearly 300 truckers who participated in the survey, 94% stated that more rest areas are needed throughout the four-state area. The two biggest obstacles to delivering goods in the area (by a large margin) are rest area availability and congestion on roadways.
Available secure parking was the most important feature sought by drivers (85% of respondents) at current and future truck stops, rest areas and travel plazas. Restrooms, food and overhead lighting were other desired features.
According to the report, the Metropolitan Area Planning Forum and its partner public- and private-sector organizations will use the survey findings to help advance solutions for critical truck parking needs. Then again, they will probably need to do another survey to determine what those solutions are.
Construction for Canadian truck parking facility underway
A truck parking facility that has been in the works for several years is closer to becoming reality. Construction for a $30 million truck parking facility in Surrey, British Columbia, began in August.
Back in 2016, Land Line reported on a proposed 77-acre truck parking “oasis” in Surrey. A developer saw a huge need for truck parking. However, the plan could not overcome several hurdles, including environmental issues.
Fast forward two years later to 2018, when Surrey established a Truck Parking Task Force. Long story short, the city came up with a plan that will eventually add up to 1,700 new truck parking spaces. Fast forward another two years later, and the city has announced the work has begun on a new truck parking facility in North Surrey.
According to a news release from the provincial government, the facility is being built on the north side of Highway 17, below and just east of the Port Mann Bridge. There will be 100 truck parking spaces, which is less than the 150 spaces originally planned. It’s not just a parking lot. The facility also will include washrooms, fencing, lighting and other security measures.
Truck Parking news shorts
Below are some trucking parking news quickies.
The city of Fruitland, Idaho, reached a memorandum of understanding with the Idaho Department of Transportation regarding a 10-month closure of the Snake River Rest Area on Interstate 84. Certain amenities at the rest area have been shut down due to septic draining issues. The memorandum brings a full reopening closer to the finish line.
St. Augustine, Fla.-based US 1 Logistics is offering overnight parking in Nashville, Tenn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; and Cincinnati. Facilities are fenced, gated and include lighting. Reservations can be made via the Truck Parking Reservations app.
Love’s Travel Center broke ground for a new location in Heflin, Ala. In the works for about a year, the new truck stop will be on 20 acres off of Interstate 20 westbound at Exit 205. No timeline has been established for its grand opening.
In Moses Lake, Wash., Love’s is proposing a new truck stop off of Interstate 90 eastbound near mile marker 174. Approximately 75-80 truck parking spaces are included in the proposal. Of course, there is some opposition from residents, so this is anything but a done deal. LL