Department of Transportation Expands On-Street Carshare Program, New York, NY, 2023
5 minutes Date Launched: Feb 7, 2023
Credit: Arthur Schmitt from The Noun Project
After completing a five-year pilot, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) is expanding its curbside carshare program. Over the duration of the pilot, the city set aside 230 on-street parking spaces for carshare vendors. NYC DOT plans to designate hundreds of additional parking spaces for carshare services for the permanent program. Within the first two weeks of the transition, NYC DOT is demarcating 80 on-street parking spaces for carshare in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The expansion will ultimately see carshare offered across all five boroughs. NYC DOT is permitting three carsharing vendors, Getaround, Truqit, and Zipcar, to deploy their vehicles in the on-street parking spaces.
During the pilot, NYC realized several positive outcomes, including:
A reduction of 38.7 million miles for Annual Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT);
An annual net decrease of about 12,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions;
Significant levels of program participants reporting decisions to either sell or not buy cars.
Carsharing can alter peoples’ transportation choices if properly deployed. Hopefully, NYC DOT’s decision to expand its carsharing program can see more positive impacts for shared mobility across the city.