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Parking ‘capacity is the issue’: What one state that tried to address it with new spaces is going through

There's a reason all we tend to hear about around the parking issue is related to ways to deliver information about space availability. Capacity may be the bedrock issue, but can you spell N(ot) - I(n) - M(y) -B(ack) - Y(ard). Related news from Virginia.

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Some rest areas reopen in time for busy holiday weekend

Independence Day weekend will rank as the fourth highest for road traffic, with 5 million more motorists than Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Automobile Association.

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Trucking groups fighting state initiatives to close rest stops

Notes on closures in Connecticut and Arkansas, and a new one in North Carolina. Trucking groups, meanwhile, continue to fight closures, which come in response to tightening state budgets.

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Top 20 worst states for truck parking

Though California tops Overdrive's weighted rankings of the worst states for truck parking at No. 1, Northeast states occupied Nos. 2-6. Access news of new developments and more data in the top 20 list and these interactive maps.

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Parking: Data on rest areas v. truck stops

Data show that parking issues aren’t limited to states showing a high percentage of publicly controlled spaces or those with a high percentage of private spaces.

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Parking: ‘It’s bad all over’

With a major study out and a new national coalition beginning regional meetings, the heat’s up on the increasing need for safe parking.

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Too many cats, not enough walls

"Truckers are dirty" -- the erroneous contention state and local governments trot out to "restrict parking for all truckers. It's like saying all cats pee on walls, so we can't build any more walls."

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POLL: Rest areas v. truck stops — where is parking more difficult for you?

Considering your total parking needs, at what kinds of facilities do you experience the greatest problems -- public facilities like rest areas or private truck stops? All of the above? Sound off here.

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Parking shortage hits the mainstream

A Wall Street Journal story last week took on the issue of the difficulties faced by truckers finding a safe parking spot in widespread congested areas around the nation.

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Jason’s Law: Five years after the passing of its namesake

In conversation with Overdrive's Wendy Parker, Hope Rivenburg, marking the fifth anniversary of the death of her husband, for whom the Jason's Law truck parking legislation is named, stresses the need for drivers to continue to press their legislators on areas where truck parking is sorely lacking and/or unsafe.

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