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300 Parking Spaces in New York City Now Saved for Car Share Companies

The city is implementing a pilot program that prioritizes shared cars.
June 4, 2018, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Sarah Maslin Nir reports from New York City: "Starting Monday, as part of its campaign to expand transportation options, the city is taking away about 300 parking spots in more than a dozen neighborhoods, mostly outside of Manhattan, and reserving them exclusively for vehicles from car-share companies, like Zipcar."

"It is the first time the companies, which currently keep their inventory in parking garages, will be allowed to store cars on city streets," adds Nir.

The decision has sparked a predictable outcry, but the city's Department of Transportation is making the deliberate choice to encourage car sharing over private automobile use. New York Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg is quoted in the article saying it's her job to provide the best options available to all travelers in the city.

More details on the program and the political fallout are found in the source article. Planetizen first picked up the news about the parking space changes in February 2018. New York City joins a growing list of cities deciding to apportion more curbside parking spaces to shared rides—although that priority is going to ride hailing companies in other cities, rather than shared cars.

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Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in The New York Times
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