Report: Why Should Local Governments Care About Carsharing?

A literature-review-based report that details the public benefits of carsharing and why local governments should care about these benefits. Arlington County’s Master Transportation Plan is used in this report as an example of a set of long-range transportation planning priorities, but many communities have similar documents full of transportation goals and objectives.
The report focuses on how carsharing impacts:
  • Parking, Congestion, and Mobility: Carsharing reduces household car ownership and vehicle miles traveled. It also alleviates parking and traffic congestion.
  • Fairness, Equity, and Community: Carsharing increases transportation options for those who are least likely to own a car.
  • Economics, Housing, and Affordability: Carsharing reduces household transportation costs, thereby making housing more affordable.
  • Environmental Quality: Carsharing reduces use and dependence on fossil fuels through fuel efficiency. It also reduces greenhouse gases and particulate emissions.
For purposes of this discussion, carsharing refers to services that provide access to a vehicle or fleet of vehicles for short-term use, priced by the hour or minute, located conveniently throughout the community, and with most if not all costs (such as gas, maintenance, and insurance) bundled into the rate.



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