Zipcar and the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration Partner to Launch Car-Sharing Vehicles at Transit Stations
BALTIMORE, Md., January 22, 2018 – Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, and the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), today announced a new partnership to add 15 Zipcars to eight rail stations along the Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train lines, providing transit riders with on-demand access to a vehicle by the hour or by the day. The partnership increases the number of sustainable mobility options throughout Maryland while, in turn, helping to reduce personal vehicle ownership, traffic, congestion and carbon emissions.
The 15 Zipcars, including a Honda Civic and a Toyota Prius are available for reservation at the following eight stations:
- Light RailLink
- Mount Washington
- North Avenue
- Metro SubwayLink
- MARC Train
- West Baltimore
With many Zipcars now near Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and MARC Train, riders can enjoy traffic-free train travel with the convenience of having access to a car once they reach their destination. This flexible solution is great for those living car-free or car-lite, including regular transit riders who need a car for weekend trips outside of the state, commuters who take the train to and from work and need a car for a midday errand or one-car households that occasionally need access to an extra set of wheels.
“Car sharing expands mobility options for existing transit riders who can’t afford or don’t want the burden of full-time car ownership,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “This program also will allow new, potential riders to try transit without losing the option to drive when necessary.”
After joining Zipcar, members can reserve a vehicle in seconds on Zipcar’s mobile app or online, making it a convenient solution for transit riders who need quick access to a set of wheels. Zipcar reservations include the cost of gas, maintenance, insurance and 180 miles of driving.
Zipcar’s new locations in Maryland build on the company’s success throughout the state where it has been operating since 2008. With many residents, students and local businesses already using Zipcar, the company was eager to partner with MDOT MTA to provide transit riders with convenient access to wheels where they want them. Zipcar members can reserve and drive any Zipcar parked at the Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and MARC Train stations, as well as more than 12,000 vehicles in the company’s global fleet.
“At Zipcar, we’re big fans of public transit. We know that it’s an important part of our members’ transportation portfolio and together offer members greater connectivity and the ability to live car-free or car-lite,” said Kristina Matthews, Zipcar regional community marketing manager. “We’re pleased to team up with MDOT MTA to reduce reliance on personal vehicles, making Maryland a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play.”
For more information on Zipcar’s MDOT MTA vehicles, visit: www.zipcar.com/mdotmta.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers the most comprehensive, most convenient and most flexible car-sharing options available. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of mobility solutions. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
About MDOT MTA
MDOT MTA is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MDOT MTA operates LocalLink and commuter buses, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service and a comprehensive Mobility (paratransit) system. MDOT MTA also manages the Call-a-Ride system and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MDOT MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.
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Public Relations Manager, Zipcar