Zipcar, along with Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence, today announced Zipcar’s expansion into Providence, R.I., the second largest city in New England.
The new programme is intended to provide residents, businesses, city employees, college students and visitors with increased access to convenient transportation options that reduce downtown parking demand, support sustainability and contribute to a walkable and pedestrian-friendly community.
“Providence’s partnership with Zipcar is a significant step towards our goal of providing a greener and more sustainable environment for our residents,” said Mayor Taveras
“It is also a great example of increased business expansion into Providence and a boost to our local economy through job creation.
“Zipcar is already popular with the Providence community through its program with local universities, and we believe that by expanding the availability of car sharing throughout the city, we are providing convenient transportation options that will not only reduce the city’s demand for parking, but also aid in reducing harmful emissions.”
Zipcar will offer a wide range of vehicles in Providence including the Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Honda Insight and others available throughout the city and near local university campuses, including Brown University, Johnson & Wales and Rhode Island School of Design.
New on-street pods of vehicles will be located on Exchange Street between Finance and Stillman streets, within walking distance of the Providence Amtrak station, as well as on Traverse Street just north of Wickenden Street, and on South Main Street north of Power Street.
Additional vehicles will be located in areas with high foot-traffic areas to provide greater access to transportation methods within the city and decrease the need for personally owned vehicles.
“We applaud Mayor Taveras and his commitment to the Providence community by embracing innovative transportation solutions, and we are thrilled to be expanding into such a dynamic and vibrant city, especially one so close to home for Zipcar.
“Zipcar believes Providence’s burgeoning urban core and the success of our University programs in the area makes it a very attractive market for car sharing,” said Mark Norman, Zipcar’s president.
“The opening of our new office in Providence will mark our fifteenth metropolitan market, which is a significant milestone for us as we continue to expand into new cities.”