[Federal Register: May 25, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 100)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration
Adequacy of Truck Parking Facilities; Notice of Conference
AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of conference.
SUMMARY: This notice is an invitation to participate in a 1\1/2\ day
commercial truck Rest Area Forum, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The
forum will address the issue of how best to improve the availability
and safety of commercial vehicle parking along the Nation's highways.
DATES: The Rest Area Forum will be held on June 29 and 30, 1999. The
first day's session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The
second day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The forum will be held at the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel,
in midtown Atlanta, Georgia (Telephone: (404) 892-6000. A block of
rooms has been reserved until May 28, 1999 under ``FHWA Rest Area
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the forum and to
obtain registration materials, contact Dr. Patricia Hamilton, NATEK
Inc., 4200-G Technology Court, Chantilly, VA 20151. E-mail:
email@example.com. Telephone: (703) 818-7070, extension 3028. FAX: (703)
818-0165. To register on-line: http://www.natekinc.com/. Questions
about the Forum may also be addressed to Mr. Robert Davis, Office of
Motor Carrier Research and Standards (HMCS-30), Office of Motor Carrier
and Highway Safety, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street,
SW., Washington, DC 20590; Telephone: (202) 366-2997; FAX: (202) 366-
8842; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On June 29 and 30, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia, the Office of Motor
Carrier and Highway Safety of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
will host a 1\1/2\ day Rest Area Forum for representatives of State
enforcement and department of transportation officials, motor carriers,
private truck stop operators, commercial drivers, safety advocates, and
other interested parties. During the Forum, attendees will be asked to:
(1) Review various issues associated with the current provision, by
both public and private parties, of parking spaces for commercial
drivers; (2) describe and document ``success stories'' and ``best
practices'' being employed to alleviate shortages of parking spaces and
enhance their safety during day and nighttime hours; (3) consider
effective means to provide ``real-time'' information to commercial
drivers about available parking spaces at privately owned truck stops
or public rest areas; (4) identify appropriate actions, initiatives,
and pilot efforts that could be undertaken by both public and private
sources to expand the number of safe, accessible parking spaces across
the United States; and (5) identify any needed legislative initiatives,
including the provision of resources, that would be helpful in
facilitating the improvement of commercial vehicle parking.
The impetus for the Rest Area Forum is taken from the requirements
of section 4027, ``Study of Adequacy of Parking Facilities'', of the
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (Pub.L. 105-178, 112
Stat.107), which calls upon the Secretary of Transportation to
``conduct a study to determine the location and quantity of parking
facilities at commercial truck stops and travel plazas and public rest
areas that could be used by motor carriers to comply with Federal hours
of service rules.'' According to section 4027, the study ``shall
include an inventory of current facilities serving the National Highway
System, analyze where shortages exist or are projected to exist, and
propose a plan to reduce the shortages.''
In considering this requirement, the FHWA has determined that a
first step in satisfying it should include a national work session with
public and private sector officials experienced in dealing with this
issue, who have researched it, or who want to contribute to its
resolution. The FHWA believes that the feedback that would be obtained
from the forum would help focus the FHWA's response to the section 4027
effort, while also providing for an healthy exchange of ideas and
recommendations among the participants.
Accordingly, the Rest Area Forum will provide attendees with the
opportunity to directly contribute to the dialogue on how best to
improve the availability and safety of commercial vehicle parking along
the Nation's highways. Aside from introductory and concluding plenary
sessions, most of the 1\1/2\ day Forum will be conducted in break-out
sessions, during which the groups will be asked to consider a variety
of issues and contribute their experiences and perspectives. Attendees
will be asked to contribute their experiences and recommendations
through an interactive discussion with their peers; formal
presentations will not be required or solicited.
Ultimately, the discussions and recommendations of these collective
sessions will be used to construct a final Forum report that will: (1)
Offer a ``best practices'' guide; (2) identify for Federal, State and
private sector customers how best they may proceed to influence and
bring about better, more available, and safer commercial vehicle
parking; and (3) provide the FHWA with needed information about
challenges and workable solutions which can be used to both satisfy the
immediate requirement of Section 4027 and ensure that the Congress and
other interested parties are kept informed about progress in this area.
Due to limited seating, early registration is encouraged. For those
registering by May 28, the registration fee is $50. Those registering
after May 28 or at the door will be charged $75.
Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31502; 49 CFR
Issued on May 12, 1999.
Dwight A. Horne.
Director, Office of Highway Safety Infrastructure, Federal Highway
[FR Doc. 99-13127 Filed 5-24-99; 8:45 am]
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