Overdrive‘s recent coverage of the issue of truck parking around the nation showed a concentration of states where the problem is most pronounced on both coasts. Of the 11 Northeastern states (including Maryland), only New Hampshire and Vermont escape the top 20 list of worst states. And though California tops Overdrive‘s weighted rankings of the worst states for truck parking at No. 1, Northeast states occupied Nos. 2-6 .
In the Top 20 listed below, the weighted ranking is based on each state’s rank as measured in two key metrics showing the parking shortage in the federal Jason’s Law study, as well as Overdrive‘s own reader survey detailing just where you reported parking problems as most evident.
The Top 20 worst states for parking
Why is the Northeast so problematic? High traffic, lack of space in dense metro areas and NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitudes making development of new spaces particularly difficult, simply put.
At once, truck stop chains continue to target the area for expansions and new truck stops where they can, and you can read about some of those private efforts and other public developments by clicking or tapping each state in the regional map below. There, you’ll also find the percentage of spaces in each state that are publicly controlled, illustrating each state’s direct investment in truck parking — or lack thereof.
The following map covers developments in the non-Northeast states among the top 20 worst. Click or tap through each state to read more.
For full coverage of the parking issue, find previous installments in this series, which was the December 2015 cover story in the magazine, at OverdriveOnline.com/parking. There, you can also access data for all 48 continental U.S. states in a similar interactive map.