The company dedicated to car-sharing, Car2Go, recently began to offer their membership to the city of Chicago and soon will have over 400 cars throughout the city. Different from other car-sharing companies, Cars2Go gives customers the option to find a close vehicle, drive it wherever they would like, and leaving it where they please.
Metered parking, for now, is off-limits. But users can park in any legal spot within the company’s 19-square mile home area without a permit.
According to a 2016 UC Berkley transportation study in five Car2Go cities, the program removed between seven to 11 vehicles off city roads, as people opted to sell or refrain from buying. It also reportedly prevented between 10 million to 29 million vehicle miles traveled over the three-year study.
The company hopes to expand in the future but it has a couple of hurdles to overcome. Lincoln Park and Lakeview are not part of the included area. Aldermen in both those neighborhoods have voiced concerns Car2Go cars could make congested parking areas even worse. The company is still in negotiations with Chicago parking meters to make those metered spots accessible.
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