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Rest locations for long-distance truck drivers are a critical component of the nation’s freight transportation system. Freight transportation by truck continues to grow, and enforcement of driver rest requirements is becoming more rigorous. These trends have resulted in the inadequacy of truck rest locations being acknowledged as a national problem. Federal legislation encourages states and MPOs to address this issue in state and local freight planning. This study
- presents relevant regulatory, safety, efficiency, and environmental issues;
- describes existing conditions of the rest location system in Massachusetts;
- highlights a specific need for a rest location serving the northwest arc of I‑495; and
- suggests strategies and opportunities to expand and improve truck parking locations in Massachusetts.