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Title:Guidelines, Site Selection, and Design for Implementing Truck Parking/Rest Facilities in Chicago's South Suburbs
Author(s):Rohter, Laurence; Fain, Jeffrey; Lohman, Hollie; Beltemacchi, Peter
Subject(s):freight, commerce, truck parking, truckers, rest facilities, trucking, northeastern Illinois
Abstract:This study proposes a network of overnight truck parking facilities in south suburban Chicago intended to accomplish a wide range of federal, state, and local policy objectives. At the federal and state levels, this report’s policy objectives seek to increase traffic safety, reduce traffic congestion, address public safety and environmental concerns, and encourage economic security and satisfactory working conditions for the nation’s truck drivers. At the local level, this report’s policy objectives seek to implement brownfield containment and use strategies, support economic revitalization, reduce nuisance parking, and encourage industrial park owners and developers to create shared parking arrangements between trucks and automobiles. To achieve these objectives, the research team has identified key policy and design issues that are usually involved in planning and building overnight truck parking facilities. These issues include traffic safety, highway access, proximity to other freight facilities and industries, brownfield containment and utilization, neighborhood character, environmental issues, use of shared facilities, traffic flow, traffic/parking information systems, fencing/secured entry and exits, surveillance, lot size, pavement, drainage, striping, signage, lighting, and amenities. These issues are highlighted in case studies that will help municipalities and prospective investors interested in implementing overnight truck parking facilities. The research team has also provided a list of material improvements and their approximate costs to give a clearer picture of the capital needed to implement overnight truck parking facilities.
Issue Date:2012-11
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Transportation ICT-R27-51
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-09-23

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