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LA Metro Partners With Zipcar for First/Last-Mile Rides

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 – 12:39 PM

(CNS) – Metro public transit riders in the Los Angeles area will be able to reserve from a fleet of 20 loaner vehicles under a partnership with car-sharing company Zipcar, it was announced today.

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 one more 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,” Metro Board member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker said.

“This also helps extend the reach of transit and will help boost transit ridership throughout the county,” she added.

The El Segundo, Indiana, La Cienega/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.”

Los Angeles could soon see more such carshare services, with the Los Angeles City Council currently crafting regulations that would allow companies like Zipcar apply for permits to operate more widely in the city.

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