In an effort to curb the city’s congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, Minneapolis is proposing a car sharing service that provides residents with eco-friendly cars to rent out for a few hours or days around the city. The initiative was suggested by the Deptartment of Public Works and it hopes to have the pilot program up and running by May.
Car sharing allows approved members to use a car whenever they need it. Vehicles are parked at a number of locations throughout the city and can be rented out by the hour or the day. There are currently 26 public U.S. car sharing programs around the country with more than 800,000 members. According to a nationwide study, one car sharing vehicle can replace up to 13 individually owned vehicles.