Toronto to launch free-floating car-booking pilot project in November
“Finding a way to allow car-sharing to happen here in Toronto is one more way the city government can help make life more affordable for residents,” Mayor John Tory said during a news conference Tuesday morning.
“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.”
Communauto, which already operates a similar service in cities such as Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa and Hamilton, has been awarded a permit to begin operating 200 vehicles within a 50-square-kilometre limit.
The initial pickup and dropoff zone will be High Park and Runnymede to the west, Dupont and Danforth in the north and Victoria Park in the east.
“We want to do it end-by-end with Metrolinx and the TTC in the spirit of partnership. In the meantime, people who desire it and don’t have a smartphone will be able to order a regular RFID card from us.”
“Technology within the app will ensure that car-share users are only able to park in areas that are allowed to be parked through the pilot,” Barbary Gray, general manager of Toronto’s transportation services, said.
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