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App allows you to reserve a parking spot

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Parking downtown can be a challenge but there's a new cellphone app that could help make it a bit easier.
    
Parking Panda lets a user make a reservation for a parking space.  While there are options on the street or in the garage, it's usually a hassle.  Waiting in line or circling the block, looking for the best place to park.  Now, thanks to the app, a person can make a reservation before getting to the garage.

Trey Goodwin and Adam Dodson are students at UC but frequent the downtown area.  Both agree Parking Panda is a service they will use.

"Especially on certain nights when there's events going on like a baseball game or activity.  Here on Fountain Square where it is busy.  Just the convenience of knowing you have a spot saved already and don't have to worry about fighting people for spots, absolutely," said Dodson.

The app works by downloading it and searching for Cincinnati.  In the downtown area, at least seven garages pop up on the app.  A user finds the one they want, pays for it and then they're good to go and park.  When they get to the garage they show a printed receipt or their phone to the attendant.

James Bain of Parking Panda said, "We have an attendant app, a mobile app, just for garage attendants that can use to scan the passes or check people off."
 
Parking Panda works closely with the garages to monitor available spaces to provide up to the minute accuracy for users.  So far in Cincinnati, eight parking garages use the service.

Parking Panda offers the reservation parking service in 40 cities across the country.  Prices in Cincinnati typically range between $6 and $16 per day.  The app also provides services for part time parking.



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