Boston Expands Car Sharing with Zipcar, Enterprise

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enterpriseMore Bostonians may get to enjoy the benefits of car sharing through the city’s own Drive Boston, as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh adds 80 more cars to the program.

The city of Boston announced the addition in a statement released on August 26th 2015. Authorities said the additional fleet was especially intended for the use of residents in areas that are currently not served or are under-served by existing car sharing companies.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) has already started rolling out expansions for the existing parking lots beginning with the parking space at Ruggles Street in Dudley Square.

Certain neighborhoods that have been identified to have fewer car sharing options than others will be allotted multiple Drive Boston spots. Roxbury will be allotted twelve parking spots, Dorchester will have ten spots, and Jamaica Plain will be given eight spots. The remaining spots will be scattered between city-owned parking lots and street corners, especially targeting areas that are close to certain MBTA stations and regular bus routes.

Drive Boston car sharing is implemented with the city government’s partnership with two of the biggest car sharing companies in the US today: Enterprise Car Share and Zipcar. Both companies have been operating in the US, Canada, the UK and parts of Europe with Zipcar as a car sharing company and Enterprise offering both traditional car rentals and car sharing services. Enterprise started their car sharing operation in the US in 2005, while Zipcar started in the year 2000.

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