Updated:
Original:

Mpls. may test drive car sharing pilot program

Author:

The Minneapolis Public Works Department is exploring the possibility of launching a car sharing program this spring, which allows pre-approved users to rent cars parked around the city for a couple hours or a few days, Southwest Journal reports.

"Car sharing has been known to reduce the need for car ownership," according to a staff report -- which will be discussed at the Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday. "One car sharing vehicle can replace as many as nine to 13 individually owned vehicles, resulting in reduced congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and need for parking supply."

HOURCAR, a private car sharing operator, already offers the service in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Star Tribune says car sharing is becoming more popular in transit-friendly cities, such as Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The Business Journal notes Minneapolis has had a similar bike-sharing program for three years called Nice Ride -- which will expand to downtown St. Paul and Harriet Island later this year.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-22 at 11.33.57 AM

Woman arrested after shots were fired into hotel room door in Albert Lea

The suspect was caught within minutes of fleeing the scene.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, October 22

COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped four days in a row, but capacity remains tight.

Michael Edmund Richmond

Charges: MN man recorded himself sexually assaulting toddler

The 33-year-old man is facing decades in prison if convicted.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

Minneapolis cop charged in crash that killed innocent man during pursuit

Charges say he was traveling nearly 90 mph when he slammed into an innocent man's vehicle.

Case Keenum

Matthew Coller: Case vs Teddy is a reminder of Vikings’ 2018 decision

Matthew Coller's work can be found daily at Purple Insider.

snow in May

It's here! Minnesota sees its first snow flurries of the season

Also, watch out for water spouts on Lake Superior.

Wikimedia Commons - COVID vaccine, pfizer, shot - Martin G

Pfizer to seek emergency use authorization to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer says clinical trials have revealed positive results.

champlin car prowlers

Police remind people to lock car doors after prowlers spotted on camera

These thieves checked the car doors, which were all locked, and were gone within a minute.

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 5.14.36 PM

Mayor Carter announces COVID vaccine mandate for St. Paul city workers

It comes after Minneapolis announced the requirement for vaccines or regular testing for city workers in September.

Related