By Dana Rubinstein
August 12, 2015
It’s growing in Brooklyn and expanding to Queens. But one-way carsharing company Car2go’s success in New York City may face an obstacle: its inability to access parking spaces, metered or otherwise.
Manhattan Councilman Mark Levine, who says he has neither used Car2go nor spoken to anyone from the company, thinks he has a solution that could help car-sharing services thrive, bolster the city's bottom line, and also reduce traffic congestion.
On Thursday, Levine will introduce legislation that would require the city transportation department to determine how to give car-sharing companies dedicated parking spaces, including metered spaces, in exchange for a fee.
“One of these little pint-sized cars could replace dozens and dozens of private vehicles,” said Levine, referring to Car2go’s reliance on the Smart car, which, like the company itself, was created by Daimler AG. “It’s been working well on a modest scale in Brooklyn until now, the one challenge to growth being parking.”