Zipcar is one of the carsharing partners in DriveBoston's carsharing program. Photo via Zipcar.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the city of Boston has partnered with Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare to bring 80 new carshare vehicles.
The DriveBoston program will place vehicles in dedicated spaces around the city, including many that are currently underserved by carshare options. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will begin outfitting its lots for the expansion, with the first location at the Ruggles Street lot in Dudley Square and a continued roll out through the fall.
The expanded spots are focused in currently underserved areas, with Roxbury receiving 12 spots and Dorchester receiving 10 spots. The program spaces are all visible on an online map at boston.gov/driveboston.
"All of our residents deserve the opportunity to access carshare vehicles, and I am pleased we are able to expand DriveBoston to additional neighborhoods," said Walsh. "DriveBoston is an important tool to lessen our reliance on car ownership and relieve parking congestion throughout Boston."
The majority of the spaces will be in city-owned municipal parking lots (48 spaces), with the remaining 32 spots being placed on street corners.
"We have a unique neighborhood network that directly connects us to local communities and transportation infrastructure at a grassroots level," said Brian Duffy, vice president and general manager of Enterprise in Boston. "So we're naturally excited to partner with the City of Boston on this new carsharing program, which not only enhances our fleet's accessibility in Boston, but also our ability to complement the 'T' and other options."
"Zipcar's core mission — to enable simple and responsible urban living — has been unchanged since we were founded here in our hometown 15 years ago," said Jeremy Pomp, Zipcar Boston’s general manager. "We're thrilled to partner with Mayor Walsh and his team to expand our footprint of over 1,000 Zipcars in the Boston area. ..."