SmartPark benefit-to-cost assessments should be conducted early in a deployment to enable private truck stop operators time to build a solid business case for participation.
An evaluation of SmartPark strategies.
Made Public Date
06/30/2020

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United States
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Identifier
2020-00971

Accelerating SmartPark Deployment Strategic Plan

Background

This report examined the potential of a nationwide deployment of a SmartPark system designed to help truck drivers find a safe and available parking.

The SmartPark system works by collecting real-time information about nearby parking availability and communicating it in real-time to active drivers. Parking data collected from parking facilities is sent to an information processing center and then converted into parking availability information which is then posted on roadside dynamic message signs (DMS) and 511 systems, and made available to mobile devices and traveler information websites.

The diagram below excerpted from the source report highlights three main components of a SmartPark system.

Diagram

The map below excerpted from the source report shows states with SmartPark programs as of September 2018.

US Map

Lessons Learned

Key findings and deployment recommendations:

  • Start projects where potential benefit-to-cost ratios are greatest. Benefit-to-cost assessments should be conducted early in a SmartPark project to address decision-makers who will likely question the cost of building a SmartPark system versus building new parking capacity. In addition, private truck stop operators need time to build a business case for participation in a SmartPark project.
  • Involve private parking providers. A comprehensive SmartPark system must include private parking providers. Nationwide, private truck stops have seven times as many truck parking spaces as do public rest areas.
  • Publicize early successes. Success stories, even with modest benefits, can generate credibility and interest, and serve as public relations instruments to garner public acceptance of SmartParking systems.
  • Establish consensus on data formats. Currently, there is no national standard for truck parking information data feeds and data formats. An authoritative standard for data feeds and data formats for truck parking information should be developed to reduce confusion among truckers who are looking for available truck parking and amenities.

Accelerating SmartPark Deployment Strategic Plan

Accelerating SmartPark Deployment Strategic Plan
Publication Sort Date
06/01/2019
Author
Sanchez-Badillo, Alejandro; Matt Windholtz;, Doug Pape; and William Gibbs
Publisher
USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Other Reference Number
FMCSA-RRT-18-014

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Goal Areas

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