The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is partnering with Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, to add 15 Zipcars at eight Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and MARC Train stations. Transit riders now will have daily, on-demand access to a vehicle to reach their final destination, which will help reduce reliance on personal vehicles, ease traffic congestion and improve carbon emissions.
“Car sharing expands mobility options for existing transit riders who can’t afford or don’t want the burden of full-time car ownership,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “This program also will allow new, potential riders to try transit without losing the option to drive when necessary.”
Persons interested in reserving a Zipcar can join and reserve online and pick up at the following eight MDOT MTA rail stations:
- Light RailLink
- Mount Washington
- North Avenue
- Metro SubwayLink
- MARC Train
- West Baltimore
Zipcars can be reserved for one hour or up to seven days. Reservation costs include gas, maintenance, insurance and 180 miles of driving.
“At Zipcar, we’re big fans of public transit,” said Zipcar Regional Community Marketing Manager Kristina Matthews. “We know that it’s an important part of our members’ transportation portfolio and together offer members greater connectivity and the ability to live car-free or car-lite. We’re pleased to team up with MDOT MTA to reduce the reliance on personal vehicles, making Maryland a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play.”
To become a Zipcar member, an application must be submitted online. Once approved, members will receive a Zipcard to access vehicles worldwide. To unlock and operate a Zipcar, members hold the Zipcard to the car’s windshield. Zipcars must be returned to the location where they were reserved. Simply park the car in its reserved space and use the Zipcard or the Zipcar app to lock the vehicle.
About MDOT MTA
MDOT MTA is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MDOT MTA operates LocalLink and commuter buses, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service and a comprehensive Mobility (paratransit) system. MDOT MTA also manages the Call-a-Ride system and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MDOT MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.