Monday, December 1, 2008

BaltimoreCarShare Coming in 2009


As we reported on Baltimore Skyline back in October, the city is planning on it's own non-profit car sharing company, BaltimoreCarShare, to catch the market left by Zipcar, who did not want to enhance it's service in Baltimore

Well apparently BaltimoreCarShare will start service in March. According to an article in the Sun, there will be a trial period in January and February, and then everything will be open at the end of March.

No word yet on where car pods will be located, but that will probably be made public sometime in the future. If you ask me, they should definitely situate a lot of pods downtown, and at the public garages (Federal Hill and Fells Point to name two places). Penn Station, Camden Station, and BWI would also be key, to catch the commuters and visitors coming in town. Situating a few around the many college campuses (MICA, UB, Loyola, UMB, etc) would be great for letting students get around easier.

As i mentioned in the previous post, the best idea would be to put pods at the many MTA stops that have parking lots (Glen Burnie, Owings Mills, Mt. Washington, etc) to allow a seemless tranisition between transit. PhillyCarShare does this with their transit agency SEPTA, and apparently works great.

There isn't much on the website yet, but I would expect more info up there eventually. Definitely a good idea since Baltimore is trying on the whole "green" look.

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