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.

Nationwide; United States

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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.

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Accelerating SmartPark Deployment Strategic Plan

Author: Sanchez-Badillo, Alejandro; Matt Windholtz;, Doug Pape; and William Gibbs

Published By: USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Source Date: 06/01/2019

Other Reference Number: FMCSA-RRT-18-014

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/40895

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