Enhancing safety and efficiency for truck drivers in the Midwest
Kansas City, Mo., (December 4, 2020) – Congratulations to the Kansas Department of Transportation on receiving the ACEC National’s Honor Award for the MAASTO Truck Parking Information Management System. HNTB partnered with KDOT to make this project a reality.
For years, one of the most significant challenges facing truck drivers, fleet managers and owner/operators has been parking. Long-haul truck drivers struggling to find safe parking significantly reduces national freight productivity. More importantly, truck drivers searching while fatigued and parking in unauthorized spots puts themselves and other motorists at risk. To address this challenge, eight member states of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials joined together with common goals to improve commercial freight safety and efficiency in the Midwest.
The Federal Highway Administration provided a TIGER grant fund to help develop a first-of-its-kind, multistate, regional Truck Parking Information Management System. Using detection technology, the number of available spots at truck parking facilities is relayed to drivers in real-time through roadside message signs, in-cab systems and mobile applications. Specifically, project goals were to: improve safety; provide timely, reliable information to drivers and dispatchers; maximize use of existing parking; add value to the trucking industry; implement the system in a sustainable way; and allow state-specific flexibility while also having a cohesive regional system.
The Kansas Department of Transportation led the project and served as grant administrator for all eight states. Not only did KDOT coordinate its own TPIMS deployment, it ensured all other states were adhering to federal TIGER grant requirements when building the system. KDOT deployed the TPIMS system at 18 truck parking sites along I-70 from Topeka to the Colorado state line and installed 17 dynamic message signs across I-70 to display available truck parking at upcoming rest areas.
TPIMS advances engineering excellence throughout the profession by addressing a major issue that affects regional infrastructure. It establishes unique partnerships thereby setting a precedent for successful future working relationships among state and freight stakeholders while enhancing the safety of the traveling public.