City Council approves expansion of car sharing pilot program

The City of Minneapolis’ car-sharing pilot program is expanding. Today, the City Council voted to add Hourcar and Zipcar to the two-year program. These companies, along with Car2Go, will have car-sharing vehicles throughout town using on-street parking spaces as well as off-street ones. The on-street parking spaces will make it more convenient for users to get a car when they need it.

Car sharing reduces the need for people in the city to own their own cars. Members can reserve one whenever they need to. In general, vehicles can be rented by the hour or day, and the rates usually cover all vehicle expenses, including maintenance, fuel, insurance and parking fees.

There is no City funding in this expansion of car sharing options. However, the three car-sharing companies will need to pay the City market rates for use of each on-street parking space.

The City’s Public Works Department will now negotiate an agreement with Hourcar and Zipcar. The City Council will then take action on approving any final agreements.

Published Jun 28, 2013