When Superior Tours looks for new drivers, it wants polite, reliable, and personable people, and it doesn't even consider those with fewer than five years of experience. Its drivers all work only for Superior Tours so that they can be on time and well rested for each trip. Luxury, 54-passenger motorcoaches pick up groups from the airport, ferry people to New York City for a day of urban exploration, or steer toward Atlantic City where passengers can hit the slots. The company also programs charter trips for corporate outings, church trips, and charter-bus-of-the-month clubs.
Though they keep an eye on more than one million parking spots around the country, the staff of Central Parking System is trained to do more than just oversee parking facilities; they also execute shuttle services, provide valet and special-event parking, and consult on parking-facility design. They manage parking and vehicular operations in 60 cities around the country in venues ranging from residential and office buildings to airports, hospitals, hotels, and stadiums.
In addition to maintaining streamlined parking environments, Central Parking System also devises creative solutions to modern planning dilemmas, such as whether or not to give discounts to clowns carpooling in a compact sedan. The company donates part of its profits to a range of local and national charities, such as The United Way and The American Diabetes Association.
Parking Panda describes itself as "a community marketplace for parking," one that benefits both those seeking spots and those with spots to fill. Commuters in more than 40 major cities can either go online or use the mobile app to search an area and time of arrival, which will turn up a map with pinpoints of available spots. You can reserve and pay for the spot electronically, and even view a picture of the space you've selected to be sure it is in fact on planet Earth.
Garage and lot owners can list their space online, specifying the rate and time of availability. Operators will be paid instantly upon reservation, ensuring they won't have to track down parkers by the scent of their tire tracks.
For more than 50 years, Edison ParkFast has sheltered drivers from the cutthroat world of street parking while striving to supply hassle-free parking spots and plentiful amenities. A month of parking in one of its three garages allows quick access to the Inner Harbor, whether drivers need a cushy launch pad for the workday or a convenient spot for a night on the town. Customers who call or text ahead will find staff glad to prepare vehicles for departure, an indispensable service for beating rush-hour traffic or making quick getaways after jewel heists. Edison ParkFast's cozy facilities also house bikes, scooters, and motorcycles, and its on-site charging stations restock electric cars and robot backseat drivers with power.
From Atlanta to LA, Park 'N Fly keeps cars safe inside their secured quarters just a quick shuttle ride away from the nearest airport. To make taking a trip more convenient for travelers, they offer 24-hour shuttles that arrive every five minutes, valet parking, and luggage assistance, beyond giving their vehicles a safe place to stay. Their lots are gated, well lit, and monitored.
Dig your shoebox of family photos out of its hole in the backyard and bring it into Penn Camera to take advantage of the store's myriad digital-imaging services. Penn Camera can scan uncut rolls of 35 mm film onto a CD in standard resolution ($7.99) or high resolution ($13.99), or just scan individual images in standard ($1.99) or high ($4.99) resolution. Archive your scanned images to CD ($2.99) or DVD ($4.99) for your listening, viewing, and smelling pleasure. Assemble the photos from your frame-by-frame remake of Weekend at Bernie's 2 into a DVD slideshow ($14.99), complete with graphics and music, or restore pictures ($34.99+) damaged by renegade sprinkler systems. Penn Camera also offers numerous printing services—order wallet-sized reprints from digital files ($0.29 each for 49 or fewer reprints and $0.19 each for 50 or more reprints, along with a $2.99 handling fee), or create a 16x20 poster print ($19.99) of your photo of the Mona Lisa. Be sure to check online to see a full list of services available to you.