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08-01-2015
Jason's Law Truck Parking Survey Results and Comparative Analysis

This material documents the findings of the Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey, which was conducted to meet the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21; P.L. 112-141) law that became effective on October 1, 2012. The purpose of Section 1401 of MAP-21, more popularly known as “Jason’s Law,” was to address the commercial motor vehicle parking shortage at public and private facilities along the National Highway System (NHS). Jason’s Law directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a survey and a comparative assessment to: 1. Evaluate the capability of each State to provide adequate parking and rest facilities for commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate transportation; 2. Assess the volume of commercial motor vehicle traffic in each State; and 3. Develop a system of metrics to measure the adequacy of commercial motor vehicle parking facilities in each State...

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08-01-2015
ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026

A new report released today by American Trucking Associations projects freight volumes will increase by nearly 29% over the next 11 years. “The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello in releasing U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026. “Continued population growth, expansion of the energy sector and foreign trade will boost trucking, intermodal rail and pipeline shipments in particular.” Forecast, a collaboration between ATA and IHS Global Insight, projects a 28.6% increase in freight tonnage and an increase in freight revenues of 74.5% to $1.52 trillion in 2026. http://bit.ly/1InK2Ct

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07-01-2015
Truck-Friendly Tolls for 21st Century Interstates

Of all highway users, the trucking industry has the most at stake in ensuring a solid future for the Interstate highway system. Together with the other principal routes that comprise the National Highway System, the 47,000 miles of Interstate are for trucking companies what the air traffic control system is for airlines—their primary arteries of commerce. The importance of the Interstates will be even greater in coming decades, since the U.S. DOT forecasts there will be 40% more trucks on the road by 2045. But the continued viability of the Interstates is now in question. These vital arteries were constructed largely in the 1960s and 1970s with a 50-year design life. Over the next two decades, most Interstates will exceed their design lives and will need to be reconstructed— their original pavement replaced, not just resurfaced. In addition, the projected increase in traffic—especially truck traffic—means that many of these corridors will require additional lanes over...

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