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Title: Truckers' Park/Rest Facility Study
Author(s): Beltemacchi, Peter; Rohter, Laurence; Selinksky, Jac; Manning, Terry
Subject(s): truck parking Chicagoland
Abstract: This study examined the current state of truck parking and rest area facilities in the Northeast Illinois Region to determine if and how problems from truck parking affect freight transportation infrastructure, safety, and the region’s economy and environment. A taxonomic study of truck traffic volume and truck parking vailability was completed. Truck parking sites for this report comprise private and public sites. Interviews were conducted with state, county, municipal authorities, and truck drivers. The primary problems found involved two groups of truckers. One group is the independent, over-the-road drivers with Chicagoland deliveries and pickups. This group has fewer resources available for securing parking when needed. These truckers are responsible for much of the ‘nuisance’ parking in residential, retail, or manufacturing areas. The second group contributing to nuisance parking is local company drivers who park in areas designed for over-the-road truckers and access ramps. The consequences of nuisance parking include safety hazards, problematic environmental effects from emissions and toxins, and a diminished freight ransportation system affecting the local economy. Recommendations are given. Solutions include: improving parking sites by creating additional parking for the drivers needing it; and re-using brownfield sites, underutilized retail and manufacturing parking areas, and seasonally affected sites to create additional parking. Communication of site availability via radio or other means is also proposed. Since the impacts and needs are diffused over the region, further study of both procedural, such as the development of design guides, and programmatic private and public solutions are proposed.
Issue Date: 2008-07
Publisher: Illinois Center for Transportation
Series/Report: FHWA-ICT-08-018
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/12034
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: ICT R27-16
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-06-04
 

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