IdleAire adds spaces, tests reservation system

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IdleAire, a company that delivers a wide range of in-cab services that don’t require idling the truck engine, is activating an additional 315 spaces in the next 7-10 days. The spaces will be in five locations in Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania and California. Right now, the company has 1,830 equipped spaces in 30 locations, with plans to open five new sites per week beginning in July.

Currently, 1,563 fleets with 181,167 trucks use IdleAire, accessing the system for nearly 1.1 million hours this year. And second-quarter agreements with fleets to use the company’s services are up 150 percent over the first quarter of 2006.

In cooperation with TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers, the company also will begin testing a parking space reservation system at six locations this month. About 10 percent of IdleAire spaces at these locations will be set aside to test the system before implementing it on a larger scale later this year.

Dispatchers of IdleAire fleet partners, as well as individual drivers who are IdleAire Gold Card members, will be able to make same-day reservations by calling IdleAire’s toll-free customer support number at 877-738-7024. Reserved spaces will be held until 8 p.m. local time, and those who don’t show up will be charged a night’s stay, much like hotel reservation systems.

IdleAire also launched the Trace Adkins FlyAway Contest at last week’s Truck Show in Las Vegas. The winner of the contest will receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, premium concert seating and backstage passes for two. Registration information and contest rules and regulations are available at any IdleAire location.

The winner will be announced at the Great American Trucking Show at the Dallas Convention Center, scheduled for Aug. 24-26.