A few months ago we wrote a blog post about Car2Go leaving Toronto, we predicted another car share company would come along soon enough to fill the void, well we were right!
The city of Toronto has announced a new pilot project with Communauto. Starting in November, the Montreal based car share company will be allowed to operate up to 200 vehicles in a 50km urban area. Much like car2go, they will be allowed to park on residential streets, which was a major pain point for many local residents who felt that they were entitled to the public spaces immediately outside of their homes.
“Transportation costs can be a huge expense for families and young people starting up their lives. Owning a car and the costs associated can be a huge investment and many are choosing not to own a vehicle at all. That will reduce their costs and hopefully will reduce congestion.” said Mayor Tory at a recent press event.
Thankfully, the city has found a compromise and will allow these functional and convenient short term rentals to co-exist within our current framework, and Communauto’s president Benoit Robert has hinted at some pretty intriguing accessibility…
“Communauto Flex cars will be easily accessible to subscribers with our app or by a card that we hope will be the Presto card. It is technically possible…We want to do it end-by-end with Metrolinx and the TTC in the spirit of partnership.”
Being able to tap into a rental car with your Presto card will definitely help address the ‘last mile’ transit issues commuters face. Here’s hoping that rollout is less buggy than the existing Presto network.
Want to read our post-mortem on car2go? Check it out here…
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