In line with recent City Council legislation, the NYC Department of Transportation is launching a two-year citywide pilot to designate about 300 parking spaces in municipal parking facilities and 300 parking spaces on-street in select neighborhoods exclusively for the use of carshare companies. Jackson Heights is one of 15 neighborhoods that is scheduled to be part of the pilot.
Types of Carsharing
Carsharing is a service that gives members access to an automobile for short-term use ― usually by the hour or minute. There are two traditional types of carsharing:
- Round-trip service where members borrow and return vehicles at the same location. Zipcar and Enterprise Carshare use this model.
- One-way service where members pick up a car at one location and drop it off at another within the company’s service zone. This model is used by Car2Go and ReachNow.
According to the DOT, Carshare has the potential to:
- Improve local air quality and reduce congestion - New Yorkers who use carshare drive less than those who own their own car. Less driving means cleaner air and fewer cars on city streets.
- Shorten the search for parking by ensuring that carsharers have a reserved space - Adding carshare spaces might reduce personal car ownership, and benefits all drivers in the neighborhood by lowering the number of cars competing for the curb.
- Lower household transportation costs - Providing reliable access to a car without annual car insurance and maintenance bills, tickets, and unexpected costs. You only pay for as much or as little as you drive.
- Improve access to services - Friends, family, and recreation might become more accessible by making a car available when you need one.
- Current car owners might find fewer available street parking spaces
Feedback Map of Potential Location for On-street Cars
The Department of Transportation has provided a feedback map that allows residents to voice their opinion as to where the cars should be placed in Jackson Heights. See the feedback map here.