NYC expands Carshare program
The Department of Transportation announced the first expansion of Carshare, which includes 270 new dedicated Carshare spaces across the city.
"Carsharing" allows people to access a vehicle for short-term use – usually for a day or even an hour. You reserve a car on your smartphone, use the car and then return it to the same reserved spot. The expansion is an attempt to improve air quality and reduce congestion.
Spots are accompanied by signs saying “Carshare parking only.” The city is working with three companies – Zipcar, Getaround and Truqit.
A total of 46 new dedicated curbside Carshare parking spaces will be added in the Bronx - a jump from the 16 spaces in the initial program - with many of them located throughout Hunts Point, Pelham Bay and Westchester Square.
In Brooklyn, the expansion will bring 24 new dedicated curbside parking spaces throughout Bay Ridge, Bushwick, Brownsville and Sunset Park. There had previously been 68 spaces in the initial program, with most of them in the northern part of the borough.
The initial Carshare pilot program launched in 2018. The DOT says Carshare users took about 160,000 trips with an average of 24 trips per month per space in those five years.