The steady growth in trucking nationwide appears to have increased the demand for rest areas along the Nations' highways. In part, this is reflected by evidence that, increasingly, truck drivers seeking rest are parking illegally along highway shoulders and entrance and exit ramps, rather than at either public rest areas or private truck stops. With a growing public and industry concern about commercial driver fatigue, and the need to assure public safety along the highways, this research has sought to address this perceived need for additional parking space through direct observation, interviews, statistical evaluations, and demographic data collection. This research documented some important distinctions between public rest areas and private rest stops. Truck drivers tend to use the public areas for short rests, and the private rest stops for overnight stops. This study finds a current shortfall of 28,400 truck parking spaces in rest areas nationwide. The cost to meet this demand totals between $489 to $629 million.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Executive Summary.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Trucking Associations

    Trucking Research Institute, 2200 Mill Road
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22314

    Apogee Research, Incorporated

    4350 East West Highway, Suite 600
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20814

    Smith (Wilbur) and Associates

    1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1996-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1996 12:00AM