A House Bill for More Parking Spaces?

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) is sponsoring the bill, with the goal of creating more parking spaces for big rigs in cities.
May 14, 2009, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"A new legislative proposal would provide $20 million in each of the next six years for a pilot program designed to generate more truck parking spaces across the country.

The House bill would allow state and local governments, truck stops and even shippers to obtain federal grants to build parking spaces or install safety improvements, such as lighting and cameras, said Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), the bill's sponsor.

Tonko said an implication of the federal hours-of-service regulations for commercial drivers is that it is necessary to make 'accessible the parking areas that are essential for our nation's truckers.'

He said his proposal would fund six years of safe parking investments that then would be evaluated to determine which work best. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a companion bill in the Senate on May 5."

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Published on Monday, May 11, 2009 in Transport Topics Online
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