Did there used to be more truck stops

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by ronjeremyjr, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

    298
    373
    Mar 6, 2020
    NY Tristate Area
    0
    When I still did otr I used to see what looked like abandoned truck stops that had faded signs saying truck plaza truck stop etc. Saw these in too many locations to remember each one but it seems nobody did anything with the properties after closing.
     
    snowlauncher and Trucker61016 Thank this.
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    7,316
    28,922
    Nov 18, 2014
    Canceling cancel culture/CCC
    0
    Used to be a lot more mom and pops back in the day, especially when the 2 lanes were the main roads.
     
  4. GoneButNotForgotten

    GoneButNotForgotten Heavy Load Member

    819
    1,368
    Dec 30, 2009
    Roxboro, N.C.
    0
    I suspect a lot of the older abandoned properties that you witnessed remained undeveloped because of fuel leakage from the tanks for a lot of years and any new construction (truck stop or otherwise) would have to include expensive hazmat clean-up.
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2021
    Reason for edit: worded better
  5. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    1,586
    3,590
    Apr 4, 2017
    NYC
    0
    One statistic I saw said there's twice as many trucks on the road as 30 years ago, and half as much truck parking.
     
    Rickp, 86scotty, ronjeremyjr and 5 others Thank this.
  6. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

    298
    373
    Mar 6, 2020
    NY Tristate Area
    0
    Only twice as many trucks as 30 years ago I think it’s more no wonder it’s so hard to find parking.
     
  7. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

    298
    373
    Mar 6, 2020
    NY Tristate Area
    0
    I believe that.
     
  8. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

    429
    1,085
    Sep 16, 2016
    0
    Thats a large part of it. Another is people dont want trucks anywhere near them. Understandably too considering how nasty many drivers are. We have gained a reputation as disgusting stupid people who only go around killing people (thanks hammer!) polluteing everything, throwing trash everywhere, destroying things and getting in the way.

    As a result many truckstops get shot down before they even get past the licenseing stage and may citys will activly chase older truckstops out to bow to pressure from residents who hate us. Add on to that how expensive the EPA permits are to begin with and you end up with the situation we have now.
     
  9. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Heavy Load Member

    767
    1,369
    Feb 4, 2019
    0
    There where gas stations on every corner, prime land,the fact they were gas stations did not stop the property from being developed. Old truck stops produced a lot of sales tax for the local economy.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2021
    bentstrider83 and ronjeremyjr Thank this.
  10. snowlauncher

    snowlauncher Heavy Load Member

    967
    1,759
    Mar 28, 2014
    Southeastern ID
    0
    My hometown, which lies in a busy freeway hub in Southern Idaho used to have 4 locally owned truck stops, some were complete with diners, service facilities, showers, scales, generous parking, and fuel. The last of these hung on until about Y2K. Now there are none, and trucks fly right through our town on the freeway without so much as a second glance...
    There are a couple of PFJ's and Loves 20-50 miles away in either direction, but it's kind of sad when I think about it. Reminds me of a different time, perhaps a better, simpler time, or it could just be nostalgia... I do sometimes wish we still had at least 1 decent truck stop though...
     
  11. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    2,406
    4,451
    Jun 4, 2015
    0
    What's even worse, I think Jackson's is the only place in a metro area of over 60,000 with high flow pumps, at least until the new Maverick opens on Tuesday.

    Kinda nuts, if you think about it.
     
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  • Draft saved Draft deleted