Arlington test drives Car2Go

ARLINGTON, Va. — Car2Go is already part of the mix on the streets of D.C. and now Arlington County has plans to test the point-to-point car sharing system.

Up to 500 Car2Go Smart Cars are rolling in Washington, and Arlington will test up to 200 Car2Go vehicles, which do not require reserved parking spaces. Users can pick up a car in one spot and drop it off at another. The county plans a one-year test.

“We want to expand the options for the community, where they can come and go and not necessarily own a car entirely, save money and get around at their own convenience,” says Walter Tejada, vice chairman of the Arlington County Board.

Car2Go will pay fees in advance for members’ access to metered areas and to cover program administration and evaluation costs.

Tejada had backed the failed Columbia Pike streetcar program that the county canceled last year.

“It is what it is. We’re moving forward. It doesn’t mean we stop,” Tejada says.

Tejada says Arlington needs broader transportation options.

“In addition to the Metro, ways people can get around without owning a car, Bike-Share, Zip Car these are all naturals for our community,” he says.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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