Pa. Turnpike unveils a possible remedy to the growing issue of truck parking

Tractor-trailers are a lifeline on wheels for business in the United States, but not everybody wants 18-wheelers parking in their communities.

Pennsylvania is in the middle of the nationwide truck parking problem, where an initial lack of parking spots has gotten worse amid the dramatic growth of e-commerce and its need for home deliveries.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission hopes a new system will help, giving real-time truck parking information at 10 of its service plazas, including the Allentown Service Plaza off of the Northeast Extension…

The new Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) being installed this year will let drivers know a plaza’s parking capacity before they pull off the highway. Sensors are being added to count incoming and outbound traffic, and twice a day commission employees will use cameras to verify the sensors’ parking lot counts, Parker said.