On-Street Carsharing in DC
The District of Columbia was an early proponent of carsharing as an innovative way to help reduce traffic congestion and competition for parking spaces. Carsharing is a service that provides a network of cars that are rented by minute, hour, or day. Carsharing provides the mobility of a car without the expense of car ownership.
The goals of DDOT’s On-Street Carsharing Program are to decrease congestion and demand for parking, improve air quality, increase the availability of affordable short-term transportation, and ensure equitable access to carsharing services for all District residents.
There are two types of carsharing operating on-street in the District, point-to-point carsharing and reserved-space carsharing.
The carsharing companies that operate on-street in the District are required to obtain a public space permit from DDOT. This public space permit allows these companies’ carsharing vehicles to park in RPP zones for up to 24 hours and metered spaces longer than the posted time limit.
Point-to-point (one-way) carsharing allows customers to pick up a vehicle at one location and drop it off at another. Currently, Car2Go and Free2Move are operating point-to-point carsharing programs on-street in the District. To contact Car2Go or Free2Move directly, please see the below customer service information:
Reserved-space (two-way or traditional) carsharing requires customers to borrow from and return vehicles to the same reserved carsharing space. Currently, Zipcar is operating a reserved-space carsharing program on-street in the District. To contact Zipcar directly, please see the below customer service information:
Zipcar: 866-494-7227, [email protected]
For employers, residential sites, developers, and hotels, if you would like assistance with starting a corporate account for a carsharing service or placing a vehicle in your building, please reach out to goDCgo at [email protected].
Further carsharing locations and program details are available on the companies’ websites.
Point-to-Point Carsharing Permits
DDOT will reopen the permit application for all 2019 operators beginning August 5, 2019. Existing operators in the District must re-apply and agree to the updated terms and conditions to continue fleet operation. If an operator has questions about the application, please find the frequently asked questions below with the title “MID YEAR.” The 2019 Point-to-Point Carsharing Permit Application along with instructions, sample Terms and Conditions agreements, and the required data-reporting template, will be made available before Monday, August 5, 2019.