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Zipcars will expand to on-street parking spots

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: December 6, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Car sharing is growing every day in Minneapolis.

Months after announcing that they were expanding their fleet, Zipcar will soon start parking vehicles on city streets in addition to existing parking ramp locations (seen above). They will join Car2Go, whose Smart cars can be parked in any on-street parking spot throughout the city.

Unlike Car2Go, which specializes in one-way travel, Zipcars are intended to be reserved and returned at the same location (see existing locations here). A city staff report has recommended 17 locations where they will be parked.

Zipcars also differ from Car2Go because of the variety of vehicles, which range from SUVs to sedans and hatchbacks.

The vehicles cost $8.75 an hour to rent, or $72 a day, without a monthly commitment. For $50 a month, Zipcar subscribers pay reduced hourly and daily rates.

One of the largest car sharing companies in the country, Zipcar will pay the city about $40,000 for the right to use the spots. The city will also provide signage indicating which spots are reserved for Zipcars.

The city's transportation and public works committee will review and vote on the proposal next Tuesday. It then needs approval from the full city council.

Here are the new locations:


View Zipcars in a larger map

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