As UrbanTurf reported last week, car2go’s expansion into Arlington late last year has not been nearly as seamless and convenient as expected. In light of this, a major change may soon be enacted to relax restrictions on the car-sharing service in the county.
On Saturday, the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to amend the terms of their car2go trial period in order to allow the vehicles to be used cross-jurisdictionally with DC. The change, which still requires approval from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), will allow car2go users to take one-way trips between Arlington and DC through December 1st, when the evaluation term expires.
Car2go’s long-term success in Arlington may depend heavily upon the provision for cross-jurisdictional use, as the car-sharing network has under-performed since launching in the county five months ago. Fewer people have signed up for memberships and fewer trips have been taken than anticipated, leading the company to reduce the fleet of cars in the county from 95 to 25.
“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,” Arlington County Board Chair Libby Graham said in a statement.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/cross-jurisdictional_car2go_service_approved_on_arlingtons_side_of_the_rive/11117.
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