Car sharing is growing every day in Minneapolis.
Zipcar will soon start parking vehicles on city streets in addition to existing parking ramp locations. It will join Car2Go, whose Smart cars can be parked in any on-street parking spot in the city.
Unlike Car2Go, which specializes in one-way travel, Zipcars are intended to be reserved and returned at the same location. A city staff report has recommended 17 locations where they’ll 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.
Zipcar will pay the city about $40,000 for the right to use the spots.
The city’s Transportation and Public Works Committee will review and vote on the proposal next Tuesday. It then needs approval from the full council.