What happens when you combine a useful service with the convenience of an app? Money-saving opportunities.
Not always, but that's the case of the partnership between Parking Panda and popular city-to-city express bus company, Megabus.
Parking Panda, the online booking engine and app that allows travelers to find and reserve on-demand parking, will provide customers traveling on Megabus the option to reserve parking at surrounding locations within walking distance of select bus stops nationwide. Parking Panda will also offer customers the ability to compare real-time pricing for a multitude of lots in each city center, allowing customers to save up to 70 pecent on parking. In addition to being cost-efficient, this partnership gives customers the ability to plan ahead when making arrangements for their trip.
Baltimore-based Parking Panda is available in more than 40 cities and has faced competition from apps like SpotHero and ParkWhiz. However, part of the company's defining feature and strategy has been to partner with various professional sports leagues, stadiums, and family attractions to help users find parking near the event.
“Millions of customers ride Megabus.com around the country, and we look forward to the opportunity to make their commute all the more easier,” said Nick Miller, Parking Panda CEO. “With this partnership, we’re excited to provide our signature stress-free parking experience to megabus.com customers. With our relationships and platform, we know we’ll add another benefit to the already great experiencemegabus.com has to offer.”
Megabus.com customers can now find and pre-purchase parking for bus stops in over 20 cities nationwide, with more to be added throughout the year.
“With Parking Panda’s local service, we are offering customers a way to find the most inexpensive parking options within close proximity to our stops. Megabus.com is taking convenience a step further and providing customers with the option to plan ahead on parking options with just the push of a button prior to the time of travel.” said Dale Moser, CEO of Megabus.com.
The struggle to find parking in urban centers is a real issue. According to the International Parking Institute (IPI), 60 percent of the world will live in cities by 2030, and it estimates that the number of vehicles on the roads will tally 284 million, up from 253 million today. When 30 percent of a city's traffic is attributable to people hunting for parking, something to ease the road rage sounds pretty good to me.
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