Carshare

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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[edit]

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.

Potential Benefits[edit]

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.

Potential Disadvantages[edit]

  • Current car owners might find fewer available street parking spaces

Feedback Map of Potential Location for On-street Cars[edit]

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.

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