TravelCenters of America announced Reserve-It, which allows drivers to reserve a parking space at select TA and Petro locations in advance of arriving.
Reserve-It will be available at 48 TA and Petro sites by Nov. 1. A total of 74 sites will offer the program by year-end; more locations may be added in 2013 based on driver demand.
The range of pricing for reserving a space is normally $7 to $12. Wide loads pay double since they take two spaces.
"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," says Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. "Some drivers we talked with spend as much as 2 1/2 hours at the end of their day looking for a parking space. That's nearly 23% 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."
Sites offering Reserve-It have set aside a small percentage of spots, generally 5% of the spaces on average, for reserved parking. These locations still maintain a high number of traditional "unreserved" parking spaces available on a first-come basis.
Drivers can easily see where Reserve-It is offered on the TA and Petro websites, the TruckSmart mobile app, and on the directory pages of RoadKing magazine, which can be found at all TA and Petro locations.
Additionally, the TruckSmart app shows how many Reserve-It spots are available at participating sites (updated every two hours). There is a reservation fee for Reserve-It spaces. Prices vary by site and can be accessed through the toll-free number.
To inquire about Reserve-It pricing and reserve a space with a credit card, drivers call the Reserve-It reservations center at 1-855-VIP-PARK (855-847-7275), or reserve the 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 is before 3 p.m. the following day.