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Minn. Metro seeks to partner for car-sharing vision

Posted on September 29, 2015

Metro Transit
Metro Transit

MINNEAPOLIS — Metro Transit officials are seeking to build a new business model -- one that partners more with nonprofit and private organizations -- to move people away from the one-car, one-occupant model, Pioneer Press reported.

One of the driving ideas behind a new system is the use of a single tool, such as an app or fare card, that could access "all non-drive-alone modes" of transportation. The card would also work for some private or nonprofit groups, such as businesses offering hourly car rentals, the report said.

But to some degree, the new model is already being tested: Earlier this month, Metro Transit partnered with Hourcar, a nonprofit car-sharing program, allowing the state agency's Go-To cards to access Hourcar vehicles. Go-To cards are typically used for train and bus fares, according to Pioneer Press.

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