Metro public transit riders in the Los Angeles area will now be able to reserve from a fleet of 20 loaner vehicles under a partnership with car-sharing company Zipcar. The cars will be available for hourly or daily reservations at 10 Metro park-and-ride lots.
Transportation officials say the service will give riders another way to travel to and from their train stops.
“Most people walk to or from their transit stop. Improving the first mile/last mile access to transit with initiatives such as the partnership with Zipcar is critical to making transportation more convenient,” Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Metro Board member said.
“This also helps extend the reach of transit and will help boost transit ridership throughout the county,” she added.
The El Segundo, Indiana, LaCienega/Jefferson, Lincoln/Cypress, North Hollywood, Pierce College, Universal City, Van Nuys, Westlake/MacArthur Park and Willow Street park-and-ride lots will each have two cars available to members of Zipcar, who pay monthly fees starting at $7.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also chairs the Metro board, said the regional transportation agency is “helping Angelenos stay on the move by offering more options to get where they need to go.”
And Los Angeles could soon see more car share services. The Los Angeles City Council is currently crafting regulations that would allow companies like Zipcar to apply for permits to operate in more areas throughout the city.