PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Car-Sharing Pilot

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, City Council approved a car-sharing pilot for both fixed-space and point-to-point car-sharing programs in Los Angeles, which would allow for greater mobility options and less dependency on car ownership. The report began as a motion introduced by then-Councilmember for the 4th District, Tom LaBonge, in 2013.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 13, 2018

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City Council Approves Car-Sharing Pilot

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, City Council approved a car-sharing pilot for both fixed-space and point-to-point car-sharing programs in Los Angeles, which would allow for greater mobility options and less dependency on car ownership. The report began as a motion introduced by then-Councilmember for the 4th District, Tom LaBonge, in 2013.

“I am thrilled to welcome a new car-sharing pilot to Los Angeles and to Council District Four,” Councilmember Ryu said. “These new mobility options will enable Angelenos to choose different forms of transit as needed, whether that is a car, bike, bus, or train helping to lower city congestion and transform how we get around Los Angeles.”

Fixed-space car-sharing allows users to pick up a car and drop it off at a designated parking space within a defined area, most usually an urban center. Point-to-point car-sharing allows individuals to pick up a car from one location and flexibly drop it off in any legal parking space, with parking meters prepaid by the car-sharing provider. Both allow for reservations to be made online or through a smartphone.

Today’s approvals include rules and guidelines from the Department of Transportation (LADOT) to allow for flexible management of point-to-point and fixed-space car-share programs and establishes a fee structure for parking and permitting of private car-share companies. It further directs LADOT to report back in 180 days with the status of the pilot..

Similar programs exist in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, to provide greater mobility options and allow for less car ownership, therefore encouraging less traffic congestion.

“These kinds of car-sharing ideas are perfect for Los Angeles, where many folks want the flexibility to drive when needed but don’t always want the financial burden of owning a car,” Councilmember Ryu said.

Read the report here and the motion here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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