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Baltimore-based Parking Panda launches new partnership with Amtrak

Amtrak passengers can now reserve parking spaces near dozens of train stations across the country using the services of Baltimore-based Parking Panda.
Amtrak passengers can now reserve parking spaces near dozens of train stations across the country using the services of Baltimore-based Parking Panda. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun)

Drivers transferring onto Amtrak trains can now reserve parking spaces near dozens of train stations across the country using the services of Baltimore-based Parking Panda.

The new partnership, announced Monday, marks another victory for the growing Federal Hill start-up, which already allows users to make online and mobile parking reservations for sports games and other events in more than 40 cities across the country.

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Nick Miller, Parking Panda's CEO, said the company was excited about the new collaboration with Amtrak.

"Passengers can rest easier knowing where they are going and what they are paying ahead of time," Miller said in a statement. "The next time you head to the train station, you can relax knowing you have a guaranteed parking space waiting for you."

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Matt Hardison, Amtrak's chief marketing and sales officer, said the deal helps Amtrak meet its commitment to "providing our customers with the best possible experience," including before they even arrive at a train station.

"By partnering with Parking Panda, we are providing an exceptional innovation to the parking experience and our passengers will have less to worry about and more time to enjoy their journey with us," he said.

Parking Panda was launched during Baltimore's first Startup Weekind in 2011 and has grown rapidly, including through contracts with major sporting teams like the Orioles and Ravens.

It said it now lists more than 2 million parking spaces in more than 12,000 parking locations nationwide, processing daily, monthly and event parking requests for spaces in garages, lots and valet locations.

Users who reserve spots through Parking Panda receive an emailed parking pass.

The deal with Amtrak includes parking options in cities like New York, Chicago and Denver, as well as Washington and Baltimore.

More information is available at parking.amtrak.com.

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