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Car2Go Announces New, Smaller Service Area

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After multiple expansions of its “home area” – to the OSU campus and to neighborhoods like Grandview and Bexley – car2go Columbus announced today that they will be reducing their service area for the first time. The changes will take place on August 26th.

That means that residents of northern Clintonville, Linden, West Franklinton, and any area east of Champion Avenue (including Bexley), will no longer be able to start or end a trip in their neighborhood. The new service area extends north to North Broadway (instead of Morse Road), but still includes Grandview Heights and designated parking areas on the OSU campus, at Easton, and at Port Columbus.

The move, according to an email sent out to members this morning, was made in response to feedback about the availability of the blue-and-white branded smart cars in the core urban neighborhoods of Columbus. After reviewing ridership numbers, car2go decided to address those concerns by limiting the service to the part of Columbus that they say accounts for 91% of all trips.

A further explanation of the change was provided in the email;

By modifying the Home Area size to areas where car2go trips occur the most, we believe that this change will help ensure that our vehicles are in constant circulation, and only occupying fixed space for a limited amount of time. As the City of Columbus continues to grow, we hope to come back to these areas and offer a sustainable transportation solution. In the meantime, we will be exploring the possibility of adding designated parking spaces outside the new Home Area, and will be in touch with any updates.

More information can be found online at Columbus.car2go.com.

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  • Ned23

    This is too bad. The service was finally catching on in Clintonville and North Linden, the cars have been very easy to get this summer up north, but I guess there wasn’t enough density to keep the cars moving.

  • hargdevice

    Are these the less fortunate areas of town?

    • Less fortunate? Meaning lower income? Not necessarily. A range of different neighborhoods were cut from the service area.

  • Eugene_C

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. I call “Bogus” on their math. A quick look at the map shows far more than 9% of the cars in the eliminated areas. They only show trips “originated” not trips ended. To get a fair measure of use, they should divide the trips originated by the trips ended and compare that ratio.

    2. How many people like me who take the bus regularly because they knew they could grab a Car2Go in a pinch to get home will start driving again?

    3. I see potential parking problems in the new border areas. Because there are already so many existing in the old areas, how many of these members will either drop cars in high numbers near the old borders, or drop their ‘big’ cars there to pick up a SMART and go downtown?

  • NFberg

    Real shame they are doing this. Cutting it off at North Broadway makes it really difficult to justify a trip up to the Clintonville Farmers Market from Downtown. Park north of North Broadway and you are out of range. Parking nearby south of High and North Broadway is already very difficult. Heck Car2Go, at least give us the Kroger parking lot.

  • Eugene_C

    I agree on the CV Farmer’s Market. I don’t think they realized how many of their cars visited it. I would suggest that they at least bump the map up to Dunedin or Brevoort. That would also alleviate some of the potential congested parking just south of N. Broadway that could result if people dropped a lot of cars there to walk up to destinations along N. High. There’s always plenty of street parking up around Brevoort.

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