ATA and VTA Applaud Virginia Gov. McDonnell's Pilot Program to Expand Interstate Truck Parking

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Virginia Trucking Association (VTA) applaud Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for initiating a new pilot program to provide additional truck parking along the Commonwealth's interstates. For a "minimal cost to the Commonwealth," the program will use undeveloped properties owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as truck-only rest areas, McDonnell announced today.
"We are very appreciative of Gov. McDonnell for continuing to recognize the essential role of America's trucking industry and for his commitment to highway safety on the important issue of safety rest areas," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "ATA encourages other states with similar truck parking shortages to follow Virginia's lead and look for similar opportunities to quickly expand parking at a minimal cost."

"We applaud the Governor for taking this step to determine the feasibility of using this undeveloped property to increase the number of safe and secure parking spaces for truck drivers delivering goods throughout the Commonwealth," VTA President and CEO Dale Bennett said.  "If the pilot is successful, this will be an inexpensive way to help prevent driver fatigue and improve safety on Virginia's highways."

The first site, a paved lot along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66, will open on the morning of Nov. 8 and remain available for use 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. The pilot period will last 90 days, followed by a 60-day evaluation period. The truck safety rest area will continue operations during the 60-day evaluation period. A similar rest area is currently in use on I-64 in Alleghany County. Pending the results of the pilot, additional truck parking facilities will be considered on or near other interstates.

ATA and VTA strongly urged McDonnell during his campaign for governor to reopen the 19 safety rest areas and welcome centers shuttered by the previous administration because of funding cuts. McDonnell responded by promising that he would, if elected, reopen the safety rest areas within three months of taking office. On April 14, McDonnell and the VDOT officially reopened the remaining safety rest areas, beating the April 15 deadline McDonnell imposed when he took office in January.

About American Trucking Associations

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.
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