In line with recent City Council legislation, the NYC Department of Transportation is launching a two-year citywide pilot to designate 285 parking spaces in municipal parking facilities and on-street in select neighborhoods for the use of carshare companies Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare.
Carsharing is a service that gives members access to an automobile for short-term use ― usually by the minute, hour, or day ― at a cost that includes gas and insurance. Carshare has the potential to:
- Improve local air quality and reduce congestion - New Yorkers who use carshare drive less than those who own their own car. Less driving means cleaner air and fewer cars on city streets.
- Shorten your search for parking by ensuring that carsharers always have a reserved space. Better yet, adding carshare spaces reduces personal car ownership, which benefits all drivers in the neighborhood by lowering the number of cars competing for the curb.
- Lower household transportation costs by providing reliable access to a car without annual car insurance and maintenance bills, tickets, and unexpected costs. You only pay for as much or as little as you drive.
- Improve access to services, friends/family, and recreation by making a car available when you need one.
While there are carsharing organizations already in NYC, there are many neighborhoods where curbside parking is hard to find and there aren't private garages, which effectively keeps carshare out of convenient reach for many New Yorkers. This pilot aims to put carshare within convenient reach of more New Yorkers to increase the mobility and financial benefits of the service for residents and the city as a whole.