Hoboken’s Car Share Program Could Be a Model for Philly and Pittsburgh

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Hoboken’s car share program is reducing demand for parking. Why not give developers the option of paying into a car-share program, as an alternative to requiring them to build parking in new developments?

It has been more than two years since officials in this parking-starved city placed a counterintuitive bet: Hoboken would create parking spaces, they said, by taking them away.

At the beginning of the program, 42 of the city’s roughly 9,000 on-street spaces were sacrificed to a city car-sharing program, known as Corner Cars, leading many residents to decry the arrival of new vehicles on their blocks, where claims to curbside space have long been regarded as sacrosanct [...]

And according to survey data from the city, the experiment may be working.

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

And in the process, Hoboken has attracted the attention of city officials from Buffalo to San Francisco, prompting a question that might have seemed fanciful not so long ago: Can a city nudge its residents from car-owning to car-sharing to no cars at all?

“People are seeing the value of it,” Mayor Zimmer said of the program, which is based on a rent-by-the-hour model popularized by companies like Zipcar. “We’ve created something that I think will carry on in Hoboken.”

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2 Responses to Hoboken’s Car Share Program Could Be a Model for Philly and Pittsburgh

  1. lovetron says:

    Doesn’t Philly already have Philly Car Share and Zipcar?

    • Jon says:

      Yep http://www.phillycarshare.com/wordpress/how-it-works

      The lesson from Hoboken is that the city handed over thousands of curb spots to car-share cars. I’m suggesting that the city go even further by giving developers the option of contributing to the car share program instead of supplying parking in their buildings. A typical off-street parking space costs about $20,000 to build. What if developers had the option of donating $20,000 per required space to a car share program instead of building the parking?