Carshare Companies Granted Access To 300 Parking Spots Around NYC

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One thing I think most of us can agree on... there's a serious LACK of free parking in the five boroughs.  I also understand it's hard to make everyone happy.  For instance, when they wiped out hundreds of free spots by my home in Queens to make room for a bike lane - many were happy to have a safe place to ride... while at the same time, car owners were devastated by the loss of good parking spots which are already lacking.  

Related:  The city just announced plans to dedicate parking spots to carshare programs such as Zipcar and Enterprise in an effort to encourage more New Yorkers to be on board.  

From PIX 11:

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce that the city will have hundreds of parking spots dedicated to carshare programs.

The Department of Transportation will launch the NYC DOT Carshare Pilot, which lays out plans to have 285 parking spaces set aside for carshare vehicles on streets of selected neighborhoods of four boroughs and in DOT municipal parking lots.

The two-year pilot gives members access to a vehicle for short-term use at a cost that includes gas and insurance. The program will be no cost to taxpayers.

During the trial, DOT is expected to work with Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare to improve access to carshare and increase the mobility and financial benefits of the service for residents and the city.

Neighborhoods were chosen based on community consultation, and Enterpirse CarShare and Zipcar vehicles are going to available for rent starting June 4.

NYCHA has also formed a partnership with Zipcar, where 24 parking spaces in certain public housing developments to carshare vehicles.

IDNYC cardholiders will have access to a complimentary, one-year membership to Zipcar, and 10 to 15 percent discounts on hourly driving rates Monday to Friday.

The NYC DOT Carshare Pilot will bring carshare service to 230 on-street parking spaces in 14 neighborhoods citywide:

Bronx

  • Parkchester

Brooklyn

  • Boerum Hill
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Cobble Hill - Carroll Gardens
  • East Williamsburg
  • Park Slope
  • Red Hook
  • Williamsburg

Queens

  • Eastern Rockaways
  • Jackson Heights
  • Jamaica

Manhattan

  • East Harlem
  • Hamilton Heights
  • Morningside Heights

The pilot will also introduce carshare service using 55 dedicated parking spaces at 17 DOT municipal facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens:

  • Bronx: Belmont Avenue; White Plains Road; Jerome & 190 Street
  • Brooklyn: Avenue M;  Bensonhurst #1 & #2; Brighton Beach; Grant Avenue; Sheepshead Bay #1 & #2
  • Queens: Broadway & 31 Street; Far Rockaway #2; Ditmars; Queens Village; Queens Borough Hall; Steinway #2; Sunnyside

NYCHA Bronx ZipCar sites (2 spaces each):

  • East 152nd St-Courtland Ave
  • Davidson Houses
  • Marble Hill Houses
  • Randall Balcom Houses
  • Throggs Neck Addition

NYCHA Brooklyn ZipCar sites:

  • Belmont Sutter Houses (2 spaces)
  • Cypress Hills Houses (2 spaces)
  • Fiorentino Plaza (3 spaces)
  • Glenmore Plaza (3 spaces)
  • Marlboro Houses (2 spaces)
  • Pink Houses (2 spaces)
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