Crain's: Council bill would give public curbside parking to private car-share companies

By Matthew Flam

August 13, 2015

Car-sharing companies like Car2go and Zipcar may soon be getting some help parking their vehicles curbside, thanks to a City Council bill introduced Thursday. But it's unclear whether local residents would be willing to give private companies special access to public parking spots.

The bill, submitted by Councilman Mark Levine, would require the Department of Transportation to establish a program that would provide car-sharing businesses with dedicated parking spaces that would include metered spots as well as free spaces set aside for their cars. Companies would apply to be part of the program, and, if accepted, pay the city for metered parking, though not for spaces reserved for them elsewhere...

"Anyone who's thinking deeply about transportation in the city is trying to figure out alternatives to private-car ownership," Mr. Levine said. "This strikes me as one area where the city hasn't done much to facilitate growth."

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