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Transportation is the life-blood of any economy. And yet, our fast-growing urban centres are faced with increasingly clogged arteries.
Car Sharing is the "missing link" in our urban transportation systems. The biggest determinant to vehicle use is vehicle ownership. Car Sharing helps people kick the car-owning habit, without going cold turkey, and with the financial reward of saving money.
Car Sharing should be an important option in every major urban centre. While not a magic bullet to solve all traffic and air quality problems, especially commuter-related issues, it is an important new tool that can deliver real benefits quickly from primarily market-based capital.
Best of all, across North America, city governments & transit agencies have finally begun to understand. Cities like Seattle & Washington,DC have always had strong transit support for car sharing; Philly & Berkeley have replaced part of their city fleet via car sharing; and others are providing on-street and other parking support.
The past and present City RFP list may be helpful to cities and CSO's.
Download a great overview from news articles here. Some Stats
1 shared car replaces 8+ individually owned cars
Swiss Energy Dept. 2000 stats: