Midwestern states seek technological solution to parking shortage

According to a recent survey cited by the Iowa Department of Transportation, 83% of commercial drivers spend at least 30 minutes looking for parking.
“We know that here in Iowa, our rest areas are overfilled most nights and trucks end up parked on the ramp shoulder. It’s unfortunate and dangerous, but truck drivers have limited information to find available parking,” said Phil Mescher, transportation planner with Iowa DOT.
According to Mescher, the problem isn’t necessarily solved by building more parking spaces. It can be helped dramatically, though, through accurate, real-time information on where available spots are located.