After Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans for a low-income carsharing program, funded by Cap & Trade monies, industry titans scrambled to put together proposals that meet the RFP requirements. A huge component is having previous carsharing experience. For full disclosure, this author is not attached to any of the proposals submitted.
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Courtesy of AB 32, over $1 million dollars is being invested into a three-year pilot of the program, serving low-income communities, with very little African-American residents.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation declined to list the companies submitting proposals, but our guess is they include: Car2go, Hertz, Enterprise and Zipcar.
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Zipcar was initially brought into the city of Los Angeles, under the guidance of then Hollywood councilman Eric Garcetti. Zipcar would ultimately win a pilot program, that included lucrative on street parking, in Hollywood and around college campuses UCLA and USC.
Mayor Garcetti also cemented a relationship between Zipcar and Metro.
Although the RFP was submitted to the public, was it merely for show?
There are four active websites, that already indicate the company, that has been selected.
Click here to view the full carshare RFP.