New car-sharing service launching in Montreal
Next month, a new Bixi-style car-sharing service will being service in Montreal.
It's called car2go — a concept that was launched in Germany in 2008 and which has since spread to 24 cities around the world, including Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
It will make its debut in Montreal on Nov. 2 with an initial fleet of 250 Fortwo two-seater cars.
It's being billed as "a convenient, easy and fun way to get around and explore the city from a new perspective."
Users would sign up for the service at montreal.car2go.com. They'll be charged 38 cents per minute to rent one of the cars, which can be picked up and then parked on the street — unlike the Bixi service, which requires users to return their bikes to designated areas.
Available cars can be located online, or through a smartphone app.
For the moment, the service will operate in three boroughs — Cote des Neiges-NDG, Rosemont-Petite Patrie, and Plateau Mont-Royal — though in the downtown area, users would have to return cars to a designated parking area.
'This service is perfectly complimentary with other alternative means of transportation," said Jérémi Lavoie, the location manager of car2go Montreal. "It is really helpful for what is called the transportation chain."
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