Department of Transportation and Public Works launches the Metrorail / Zipcar Car-Sharing Pilot Program
The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) today commemorated the launch of the Metrorail / Zipcar Car-Sharing Pilot Program, which allows Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, to access two parking spaces at five Metrorail stations for one year.
The Metrorail stations selected for this pilot program are: Coconut Grove, Vizcaya, Earlington Heights, Hialeah and Palmetto.
“Miami-Dade County already has ride-sharing services in place throughout the County, and now we’re making car-sharing that much more accessible,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “What this means is that our transit riders can leave their cars at home, ride our system, and if they need a car for anything in between, there will be Zipcars available to reserve. By adding Zipcars to our Metrorail stations, residents and visitors can extend their commute with ease while still helping to minimize congestion on our roadways.”
Car sharing is an innovative method that provides another mobility option to public transportation users and reduces traffic volume in our community. Car sharing also helps to reduce CO2 emissions by decreasing the amount of personally owned vehicles on the road, and has been shown to increase the use of public transportation and positively impact the health of commuters who will walk and bike more often while car sharing.
“We live, work and play in a time of rapid change. The availability and popularity of shared mobility services offered by the private sector has grown dramatically,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works. “In order to keep up with these rapid changes, we need to establish partnerships with the private sector in order to offer new mobility options, such as car sharing. This is how we’ll be able to shift from a private-car oriented county to a car-optional one.”
“At Zipcar, we’re big fans of public transit. We know that it’s an important part of our members’ transportation portfolio and together, the two services complement one another, offering members greater connectivity and the ability to live car-free or car-lite,” said Vilaire Lazard, Zipcar general manager. “We’re excited to team up with Miami-Dade County, providing an easy way for Zipcar members to explore neighborhoods and communities that are beyond the reach of Metrorail.”
To plan a trip on transit, riders can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app, which allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit EASY Pay page for more information. Transit riders now can also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.
Editor's Note: Photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony are available upon request. Please contact Luis Espinoza at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 305-992-8122.