Take your shoes off, it’s time to count parking spaces

Ok, here’s the deal.  I’ve been saying for a long time that there’s a serious lack of parking spaces across the country.  Ask any truck driver, and they’ll tell you the same thing.  However, knowing it or  saying it just doesn’t carry much weight.  What we need is a national census of public truck parking spaces.

Since nobody (particularly in government) seems to care at all, we (truck drivers, their loved ones, and other interested parties) are going to have to take it upon ourselves to do it.

Here’s what we generally need to do:

First, we need to divide the country up.  Division by counties would probably be the simplest way.

Second, a list of public truck parking areas needs to be compiled, and extracted by counties.  This list would include truckstops, rest areas, restaurants with truck parking, picnic areas with truck parking, etc.

Third, we need volunteers to go out and physically verify the number of available spaces in each area.

Fourth, we need people to extract truck traffic figures for the highways in each county.

Fifth, the truck traffic figures need to be correlated with the number of available spaces, and the whole thing compiled into a report, showing where the shortages are worst, which can then be provided to the relevant local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as to other interested parties.

This would be a great project for an entire university statistics department that had a huge budget, and nothing else to spend it on.  Since that’s unlikely to happen, it’s going to have to be done by volunteers.  It would be nice if one or more of the trucking organizations would volunteer to run the project.  Since I have to work for a living, I just don’t have the time to do it, but I’d be willing to bet that someone else (a retired driver maybe?) does.

Interested?  Post a comment and let me know.  You don’t need to post your email address — WordPress captures that in comments.  I can see it, but nobody else can.

So, how about it?


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