My name is Pat Hockaday and I’m an Over The Road Driver serving the lower 48 states.
It is well documented that there is a parking shortage for the trucks supplying this great nation. Truck stops and rest areas do not have enough capacity leaving us with nowhere to go for the night.
You should be aware that each state is to provide a freight movement plan by Dec. 2017 in order to be eligible for federal funding as part of the National Freight Movement Plan.
What you may not know is that 10% of these federal funds may be spent on the rail, the ports, intermodal and Truck Parking.
Consider that if the trucks were able to park in the business districts that they serve it would relieve congestion during peak hours in the metropolitan areas.
I would like to bring to your attention the development of large warehousing projects being built on Houston School Road in Lancaster, Tx. south of Interstate 20. Yes, there are 3 major truck stops located within 5 miles of these warehouses. What you do not know is that these three truck stops are at full capacity by 3 or 4 o’clock each day.
Where are the trucks serving these warehouses supposed to stage themselves before and after delivering or picking up from these warehouses?
There is no room in the Inn!
The DFW metroplex is a major hub that interstate trucks travel to and thru. There are not any rest areas available for parking on any of the four major Interstate Highways that pass through and serve the metroplex. We are not permitted to park on the streets and even the warehouses we service do not want us to park on their property in many cases.
We Drivers must meet strict appointments that do not take into consideration our available working hours per the Federal Hours of Service Regulations that we must comply with.
Even if we successfully deliver a load this afternoon we may need to lay over in order to load first thing in the morning.
I would encourage you to make the trip out to the Lancaster area and visit the truck stops in the afternoon to see for yourselves the current parking problem that exist. Then take into account the enormous warehouses being built and ask yourselves “Where Will They Park?”.
Apartment buildings and shopping centers take into account the number of parking spaces that will be needed but no one considers where the trucks who supply the populace are supposed to park.
Consider where you would park your car at night if you didn’t have a driveway, a street, a parking garage or a nearby shopping center that allowed you to park.
The populace is quick to complain about our presence without realizing that our problems are their problems.
Here are some FACTS that you need to consider.
Money that had been allocated through MAP 21 has been combined with the FAST ACT.
The National Parking Coalition was established to gain information as to how these funds could be distributed.
Funding will be made available to the states IF they submit a “Freight Movement Plan” to the NHWA by 12/17.
Regions have been established within each state to address local transportation issues that will be complied into the states “Freight Movement Plans”. These regions each have a “Metropolitan Planning Organization” that have been assigned to establish the requirements of the communities within the region.
“The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), passed in 2012, made several changes to federal transportation policy, including the formalization of freight planning at the state and federal levels. The act urged, but did not require, states to develop statewide freight plans by incentivizing the federal participation for planned projects. Instead of the traditional 80/20 federal funding match, freight projects on highways could leverage a 90 percent match and on interstates a 95 percent match. While the federal funding pot did not increase for states, it allowed some states to reallocate precious state dollars to other projects.
On the heels of MAP-21’s expiration, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. FAST—the first long-term authorization passed in more than a decade—provides $207.4 billion of formula funding over the next 5 years. Similar to MAP-21, FAST made changes to the core highway funding programs.
Most noticeable, it created the National Highway Freight Program (NHFP), which allocates $1.2 billion annually by formula to states to undertake freight planning, performance measures, operational improvements and construction activities. The formula is generally based on the state’s overall share of highway program apportionment, but there will be some adjustments based on a state’s Primary Highway Freight System miles. While the program is highway focused, it allows states to allocate up to 10 percent of the program funds to truck parking, rail, intermodal and port projects. Finally, as part of FAST’s changes, the MAP-21 enhanced funding match was rescinded.”
These are the four categories that the MPO’s have to work with in formulating their Freight Movement Plan.
1. Primary Highway Freight System (PHFS): The most critical portions of the U.S. freight transportation system as identified using measurable national data, featuring 41,518 centerline miles (37,436 of interstate and 4,082 of non-interstate roads). FAST requires that FHWA re-designate these miles every 5 years and limits any increase in total mileage to 3 percent. State maps and tables of the PHFS can be found.
2. Other interstate roads not on the PHFS: About 9,511 centerline miles of routes that provide necessary access to freight transportation facilities.
3. Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs): State-designated rural roads that provide critical access to the PHFS and other interstate roads, ports and other key freight facilities.
4. Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs): Same as CRFCs, but in urbanized areas.
There are strict guidelines as to how funding may be applied to each of these categories.
“While the program is highway focused, it allows states to allocate up to 10 percent of the program funds to truck parking, rail, intermodal and port projects”.
Please, if I may assist in any way contact me.