An intelligent truck parking management system using cameras to detect parking availability and automatically notify drivers via a website, in-cab messaging, and roadside dynamic message sign costs $70,000 to $120,000.

MnDOT and the University of Minnesota truck parking availability demonstration project.

September 2014
Minneapolis; Minnesota; United States

Summary Information

MnDOT and the University of Minnesota developed an automated truck stop management system to determine the number of occupied parking spaces at MnDOT safety rest areas and commercial truck stops and notify truckers in real-time of parking availability as they approached rest areas. The system was designed to use a network of cameras to monitor parking availability at a truck stop, automatically identifying available spaces in real time, and then broadcast available parking information via a website, in-cab messaging, and a variable message sign located a few miles upstream of the facility located on Interstate 94 (I-94).


Based on available system cost data for dynamic message signs and entrance/exit ramp meters used to detect and count vehicles, the total estimated cost to equip one rest area ranged from $70,000 to $120,000.

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Minnesota Statewide Regional ITS Architecture Version 2014 Volume 9: ITS Initiatives and Project Concepts for Implementation

Published By: Minnesota DOT

Prepared by URS Corporation for MnDOT

Source Date: September 2014


System Cost

Intelligent truck parking information system: $70K - $120K.


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Cost ID: 2018-00411