Study: Over 1.6M Car-Sharing Members in the Americas

Zipcar is an example of a U.S. car-sharing program. Photo courtesy of Zipcar.
Zipcar is an example of a U.S. car-sharing program. Photo courtesy of Zipcar.

The Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), a provider of independent shared-use vehicle research, announced the release of their car-sharing market outlook for fall 2014.

Dr. Susan Shaheen and TSRC have been tracking car-sharing developments worldwide since 1997.

“Growth in shared-use vehicle systems continues in the Americas,” said Dr. Shaheen. “In this issue of the Fall 2014 Carsharing Outlook, we release the July 2014 numbers for the Americas (U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil). Since our last Outlook, we have published one paper on peer-to-peer car-sharing; one paper and one report on public bike-sharing; and one report on the role of app-based, on-demand ride services, such as uberX, Lyft and Sidecar.”

“Our latest research initiatives include a study of personal vehicle sharing operations and impacts, a one-way car-sharing evaluation in North America and car sharing linked to electric bike-sharing in the San Francisco Bay Area,” added Shaheen.

As of July 1, 2014, here are some highlights from the Carsharing Outlook for fall 2014:

  • There were 20 active programs in Canada, 23 in the United States (U.S.), one program in Mexico and one program in Brazil, totaling approximately 1,628,509 car-sharing members sharing 24,266 vehicles in the Americas.
  • 20 Canadian operators claimed 281,675 members and shared 5,048 vehicles. In the U.S., 1,337,803 members shared 19,115 vehicles among 23 operators.
  • In Mexico, 6,174 members shared 47 vehicles among one operator.
  • In Brazil, one operator claimed 2,857 members sharing 56 vehicles.

In 2015, TSRC’s Shared-Use Mobility Workshop will take place on Jan. 11 in Washington, D.C. This year, the Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit was held June 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

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