Parking shortage: DOT looking for driver feedback

Updated Nov 30, 2015
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The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration wants to hear from drivers about the challenges they face in finding parking. 

Their survey, a joint venture with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, calls the problem a “crisis” and wants to hear from drivers as to where and when shortages take place. Click here to take the survey.

The survey period ends May 2. 

FHWA’s efforts are part of MAP-21 required action on Jason’s Law — the legislation on truck parking named for Jason Rivenburg, a driver who was murdered in 2009 after parking for the night at an abandoned gas station. 

MAP-21 set aside some money to expand parking facilities around the U.S. and required FHWA to do a study on the parking shortage. 

OD Senior Editor Todd Dills put together a comprehensive list of background stories on Jason’s Law in a blog post in 2012, after MAP-21 was passed. Click here to see that story. 

Also, OD blogger Wendy Parker was able to talk with Hope Rivenburg in March, just after the five-year anniversary of Jason’s death. Click here to read that story and listen to a podcast of her conversation with Hope. 

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