MAASTO TPIMS Rolling Along!
In October 2015 the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) received a $25 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant awarded to deploy a Regional Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS). The MAASTO TPIMS will be a dynamic, real-time regional truck parking availability or notification system developed by eight MAASTO states: Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. This collaboration effort has been put into place because all parties understand the regional nature of long-haul trucking and the desperate need for smarter truck parking. While coming together for a unified purpose, the MAASTO TPIMS Partnership will develop standard sign designs and other notification methods to be used along with a common software Application Program Interface (API), to share availability data with each other and external parties. Ultimately, this system will provide for information dissemination to enable seamless system use across state lines.
The project team has just completed preliminary engineering (30% design) activities associated with the regional deployment including: concept of operations, system requirements, standard design details, and standard site layouts. Each state is now in the process of moving forward with completing its state-specific design and delivery activities.
For more information, visit TrucksParkHere.com, and be sure to check out their six-minute video!