Maryland DOT Partners on Trucking Analytics Project

New detailed parking data from a welcome center in Maryland is allowing transportation planners to better understand how truckers are using these rest stops and develop improved management strategies.

A study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and INRIX, closely monitored the use of a welcome center on I-95 in Laurel between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Researchers, working with MDOT, geofenced the area where trucks are allowed to park. This showed when and where trucks were parking on areas like ramps and shoulders, which are considered off limits for safety reasons.