Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 21

Truck Stops

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 13, 2007 on The History Channel
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Catering to more than twenty million truckers, truck stops are bigger and better than ever. These mega-pit stops are essential to the trucks and truckers that haul eight billion tons of freight annually.

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      • The average truck stop in the United States takes in about $7.8 million in revenue each year.

      • The rigs idled at all 272,000 truck stop parking spaces across the nation, their emissions would amount to more than 11 million tons of pollutants each year.

      • In 1968 the Untied States had about 2,000 truck stops. By 1972 more than 3,800. And today there are more than 6,000 U.S. truck stops.

      • The trucker's term for a weight station is "chicken coop," Rest areas are called "nap traps." And the truck stop is knows as the "water hole."

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They're mega pit stops and home away from home for heavy haulers, offering everything from automated showers to a treasure trove of chrome to your very own electrified parking space. Massive scales, inspections on the fly and revolutionary fuel that will get you on the road again. Buckle up, it's time to get truckin'. Now: Truck Stops, on Modern Marvels.

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