Minneapolis looks to roll out pilot car sharing program

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January 25, 2013
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
A car service would allow residents to rent a car for a few hours or days from locations around the city

The city’s Public Works Department is planning to begin a pilot program for a car sharing service that would allow residents to rent a car for a few hours or days from locations around the city.

The goal, according to a staff report, is to reduce car ownership.

“Car sharing members may be more likely to walk to local stores and businesses for basic good and services and utilize several modes of transportation to meet their needs, resulting in local economic growth as well as more sustainable mode share,” according to the report, which will be discussed at the Jan. 29 Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting.

The city plans to release a request for proposals in February in order to find an operator for the pilot program. The proposal would be due in Match, with a goal of rolling out the program in May.

According to the report, car renters could be charged by the hour or by the day.

Car sharing is already happening in the city by a private provider called HOURCAR.