Car sharing: data shows it may be working

The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, introduced a car sharing scheme over two years ago; based on the assumption that they would create parking spaces by taking them away.

According to the New York Times, 42 of the city’s roughly 9,000 on-street spaces were allocated to the car sharing program upon inception. Survey data shows that the car sharing scheme may be working.

As of July 2012, nearly a quarter of the program’s roughly 3,000 members said that they had given up their cars or decided against buying one because of the scheme. Since 2009, the number of people with residential parking permits has decreased by about 1,000, to 16,000 total parking permits.

Officials say that any city hoping to coax some drivers off the road, and is transferrable for any city that has limited parking and access to transit. 

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