The Department of Transportation (DOT) said last week it is providing $25 million for the Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System across eight states, including Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The project is one of 39 transportation projects in 34 states selected to receive a total of $500 million under the Department’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program.
The $25-million grant will go toward implementing a regional truck parking information and management system with existing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology on major freight routes in eight Midwestern states. The information will be disseminated through smartphone applications, dynamic road signage, websites and parking facilities.
“The project will help improve trucker safety and help make the U.S. transportation system the safest in the world,” said FHWA Administrator Nadeau. “Through innovative technology, this multi-state project will help truckers find up-to-date information on available parking so they can rest safely.”
“Transportation is always about the future. If we’re just fixing today’s problems, we’ll fall further and further behind. We already know that a growing population and increasing freight traffic will require our system to do more,” said DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. “In this round of TIGER, we selected projects that focus on where the country’s transportation infrastructure needs to be in the future; ever safer, ever more innovative, and ever more targeted to open the floodgates of opportunity across America.”
This is the seventh TIGER round since 2009, bringing the total grant amount to $4.6 billion provided to 381 projects in all 50 states. Demand for the program has been overwhelming. To date, the USDOT has received more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects across the country.