Andy Kim is a former GOVERNING staff writer.
In an effort to reduce the costs of maintaining a 26,000-vehicle fleet, some New York City workers will participate in a car-sharing pilot program. During the one-year pilot, 25 rental cars will be made available to 300 Department of Transportation workers to use during business hours, with a limited number of cars available during the morning and evening rush hours. The use of the 23 hybrid vehicles and two mid-sized vans is estimated to save the city over half a million dollars in acquisition, maintenance and fuel costs over the course of four years. In addition, the shared vehicles ease up some public parking congestion as they will be housed in several private parking garages in Lower Manhattan. City officials reviewed similar programs in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C. when creating this pilot. During the evenings and weekends, the rental cars will be made available to the general public.