Update: Eight Midwest states receive federal grant to develop system to track truck parking
WICHITA, Kansas – Oct. 29, 2015 – A $25 million federal TIGER grant to address critical truck parking issues in the Midwest has been awarded to a consortium of Iowa and seven other states.
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant was awarded to the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) to develop the multistate Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS). Other MAASTO states that will receive funding include Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The grant was announced today in Wichita by Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.
Safety issues arise when trucks parked along key freight corridors overflow onto the shoulders of rest area ramps, freeway ramps, and adjacent roads. Often there may be adequate parking elsewhere along the route, but no real-time information available to let truckers know where that might be.
“I’m excited and grateful to accept this grant on behalf of Kansas and the other seven states whose goals are to improve the efficiency, economic competitiveness, and safety of the national freight network,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary and former MAASTO President Mike King. “By working together, we can provide our freight customers the reliability of a seamless, regional system.”
“Transportation and the movement of freight does not stop at a state’s borders,” said Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino. “This grant will allow our states to work together to develop a tool that is a positive step in creating consistent, reliable expectations for the transportation system as our customers move throughout the Midwest.”
The TPIMS will disseminate parking information through a variety of means, including electronic message signs, traveler information websites and smartphone applications. In Iowa, the system will include information about parking along Interstate 80.
The eight states sharing the grant will contribute a 10 percent match of the deployment costs in their respective states. The Iowa DOT will contribute approximately $370,000.
For additional information about the TIGER grant, please call or email one of the Iowa DOT contacts listed below.
This information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request. For information about obtaining an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs, 700 SW Harrison St., 2nd Fl West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754 or phone 785-296-3585 (Voice)/Hearing Impaired – 711.