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Carsharing finally coming to Portland?

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Portland is one step closer to getting a carsharing program, according to Matti Gurney, a local transportation planner who has led the efforts to bring such a service here.

 

In an email to interested parties last night, Gurney said that while the city wasn’t interested in Zip Car’s proposal (which may have involved a financial commitment on the part of the city), there is interest in U-Haul’s carsharing service, U Car.

 

The city’s parking manager, John Peverada, presented a U-Car proposal to the transportation committee last week: “They are not asking for any revenue guarantees, but they are looking for four reserved on street parking spaces placed near public transportation centers, and possibly some marketing assistance,” Peverada wrote in a memo to the committee. Peverada suggested two spots near the Casco Bay ferry and two spots near the intersection of Congress and Elm streets.

 

City councilors and transportation committee members Kevin Donoghue and Dan Skolnik both support bringing the proposal before the full council.

 

U Car charges $10/hour or $65/day with 125 miles included, plus a $50 application fee. There are special plans for businesses and for city employees (and part of U Car’s presentation included a pitch for turning over the city’s fleet of vehicles to carsharing). View the full proposal here: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/tcurrent.pdf.

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