Car2Go Will Expand Into Arlington County

  • August 6, 2014

by Lark Turner

Car2Go Will Expand Into Arlington County: Figure 1

Car2Go, DC’s ubiquitous car rental service that allows any member to pick up and drop a car wherever so long as the car ends up back in the District, will start its expansion into Arlington County soon, according to a statement from the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

That means that for the first time, car2go customers can start making one way trips between DC and Northern Virginia — so long as they drop the car off in the right place in Arlington County.

“Finally, car2go, a highly successful carsharing service in DC, will cross the river and expand into Crystal City in the coming weeks,” the release said. “The expansion, made possible through a creative partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith, creates a new ‘home area’ for the service in the heart of Crystal City allowing the region’s more than 33,000 members to begin and end a reservation in Arlington’s largest downtown. The expansion into Crystal City provides the first ‘home area’ outside of DC allowing members to start and end trips on either side of the Potomac River.”

The announcement didn’t give more details on the service, but said they’d be forthcoming.

“The sheer number of trips between Arlington, Alexandria and DC really lends itself to expansion,” car2go’s Josh Moskowitz told UrbanTurf in February when the company was aggressively pursuing expansion west of the river. The service is owned by Daimler, the car company that owns Smart, and operates in 25 cities internationally.

Car2Go typically works out an annual meter fee with the cities in which it operates. DC, given its location and the amount of time users may spend in three different jurisdictions, is a little more complicated. The car service has been in expansion negotiations with Arlington County since at least early 2014.

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