TravelCenters Customers Can Now Reserve Parking Spaces
According to TA, Reserve-It will be available at 48 locations by Nov. 1 and 74 sites by the end of 2012. More locations could be added in 2013 based on demand.
The travel stop operator stated that Reserve-It is an especially good option for drivers because they can now use more of their allowable Hours of Service time for moving freight and getting paid instead of looking for a parking space.
"As with many of our offerings, we introduced Reserve-It based on driver requests and have been testing it for several months," said Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters of America. "Drivers have told us with Reserve-It, they can make more money because they don't have to spend time looking for a place to park. Some drivers we talked with spend as much as two and a half hours at the end of their day looking for a parking space. That's nearly 23 percent of their 11 allowable hours of service, or HOS. If a driver was on the road instead of spending time looking for parking, they could spend more time making money. Having a reserved parking space at the end of a long day may also provide the opportunity to plan for and accept longer hauls, or a greater number of hauls generally, which may increase opportunity, efficiency and profitability for drivers and fleets."
To inquire about Reserve-It pricing or to reserve a space with a credit card, drivers can call a dedicated toll-free Reserve-It phone number. Or, they can choose to reserve a parking space in person at the fuel desk of the participating site where they want to park.
The check-in time for Reserve-It spaces is 4 p.m.; check-out time is before 3 p.m. the following day.
To determine where Reserve-It is offered, drivers can visit the TA and Petro websites, the TruckSmart mobile application (app) or the directory pages of RoadKing Magazine, which is available at all TA and Petro locations.
TA has 242 locations near interstate highway exits in 41 states and Canada.