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Car-sharing comes to downtown Raleigh

Posted February 12, 2013 4:07 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2013 2:13 p.m. EST

— Car-sharing is coming to downtown Raleigh.

The City of Raleigh announced Tuesday it has partnered with Zipcar Inc. to offer car rentals for customers over the age of 21. The vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Toyota Prius, are available on Glenwood Avenue at Lane Street.

"This will be an important asset for our transit, bicycle, and pedestrian commuters," said David Eatman, City of Raleigh Transit administrator. "If someone needs to run an errand or attend an appointment these vehicles are invaluable. They will also be a huge asset for our growing residential community in Downtown Raleigh."

To join, residents must pay a $25 application fee along with an annual $50 fee. Zipcars cost about $69 per day and can be rented by the hour. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included.

A city official said Zipcars are already available on the campuses of Meredith College and North Carolina State University.