Provide Car-Sharing Parking

What Is It?

Car-sharing services such as Zipcar allow members to rent cars from numerous locations throughout a city or region and return them to any other available locations. By dedicating a parking space (or several) for car-sharing service vehicles, members are given easy access to the vehicles. They can also use public transportation and other modes while still having the option to use a car when needed.


Parking for car-sharing encourages commuters and visitors to use public transportation while maintaining full mobility, in case they need to take trips by car. In general, car-sharing reduces greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion from single-occupancy vehicle commuting. Car-sharing companies are most successful when their vehicles are widely distributed at destinations and near transit stations.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • Community Servings
  • Dana-Farber
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Forest City
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • Gillette
  • John Hancock
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • MetLife
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish
  • Oxford Properties
  • Seaport Hotel

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Boston Area Car-Sharing Businesses Hosting Car-Sharing Spaces


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