- Pilot study demonstrates need to expand service
- Move aims to make service more useful, attract new members
- Contingent upon DDOT approval
Arlington’s point-to-point carsharing service may soon become more flexible for those traveling to and from the District.
The County Board today authorized an amendment to the 12-month demonstration agreement with car2go, to allow cross-jurisdictional service through Dec. 1, 2016, contingent upon the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) approval.
The adjustment aims to make carsharing more useful, attract new members and reduce idle times of car2go vehicles.
“Arlington is committed to providing multiple transportation options – be it driving, using transit, walking or biking,” said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. “Partnering with D.C. is a sensible and logical next step in providing a seamless carsharing network for many of our residents and visitors that cross into the District each and every day.”
The Board voted 5 – 0 to authorize amending the demonstration agreement. To read the Staff Report on this item, visit the County Website. Scroll down to Item #41 on the Agenda for the Saturday, April 16 Regular County Board Meeting.
Membership and vehicle use in first months of study lower than expected
The demonstration study has been operating in Arlington for approximately five months. To date, there are nearly 2,000 resident members and more than 6,600 trips have been taken on the system. Membership and vehicle use in the first few months was lower than anticipated and car2go vehicles were reported to be idle for longer than permitted durations.
In January, the carsharing service reduced its fleet from 95 to 25 vehicles to address longer than expected idle times and higher than expected operational costs. Membership continues to grow, but the current fleet service level is not a good solution for a long-term program.
DDOT is reviewing the concept and if approved, has committed to working with Arlington to design an acceptable trial period consistent with the remainder of the County’s demonstration study.
Easier one-way trips
Car2go’s carsharing model makes it easier to make one-way trips. Travelers can decide to use transit, bike or walk for one part of their trip, and use carsharing for another, making each of these modes more convenient than they might be on their own.