The Top Truck Freight Corridors in 2023

Here are the top freight corridors for truckers based on parking, amenities, and fuel costs. I-90, I-5, and I-44 lead the pack in Trucker Path's rankings.

The Top Truck Freight Corridors in 2023
Image Source: Trucker Path

You know how truckers are always grumbling about finding decent parking, pit stops, and affordable fuel? Well, Trucker Path just dropped a bombshell report ranking the most driver-friendly freight corridors nationwide.

Let's cut to the chase: the winners are I-90 (Seattle to Boston), I-5 (West Coast), and I-44 (Texas to St. Louis). These routes scored in the 90s out of 100 based on parking availability, truck stop ratings, and fuel prices.

Here are the top of the list:

  1. I-90 scored 93.5 points
  2. I-5 clocked in at 92.97
  3. I-44 nabbed 92.72
Image Source: Trucker Path

Now, let's break down the data. Trucker Path's app collected a mind-boggling 20 million driver inputs last year alone. They weighted parking a solid 45% since finding safe spaces is a massive headache. Even in 2023, 9% of areas had zero daytime parking, and 26% were full at night.

As for truck stop amenities (27.5% weight), drivers want plenty of parking, clean showers, grub, and 24/7 maintenance services. Nothing too fancy, just the basics to keep them trucking.

Finally, fuel prices (27.5% weight) are still a sore spot, with the national diesel average hovering around $3.73 per gallon. But some corridors offer better deals than others.

The rankings aim to help drivers identify friendly lanes for parking, amenities, and fuel costs when planning routes and loads.

Major Freight Corridors

High Freight Flow Segments:

  • Highways: Routes like I-5, I-90, and I-44 carry over 50 million tons per year.
  • Rail and Waterways: These corridors include major rail lines and waterways supporting high-value, time-sensitive cargo.

The routes rated best for parking, amenities, and fuel costs by Trucker Path significantly overlap with the U.S. DOT's mapping of the most heavily-traveled freight corridors nationwide based on truck/rail volumes.

This overlap makes sense, as the busiest freight routes would likely have more infrastructure and amenities catering to the high truck traffic volumes.

Key Stats:

  • 8,500 Trucks/Day: Minimum required to move 50 million tons annually.
  • 26,000 Miles: Total length of major freight corridors.

Kendall Kerzan, DAT Freight & Analytics: Highlights the concentration of freight flows on specific corridors. “The largest freight flows in the US are concentrated on a relatively small number of corridors.”

While the rated highways are considered the best corridors currently, parking shortages and fuel costs remain industry-wide challenges. But these routes offer relatively smoother operating conditions.

Sources: FleetOwner | US Department of Transportation | Kendall Kerzan/LinkedIn

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