New York MTA's Metro-North Railroad has partnered with Zipcar, a provider of vehicle sharing services, to launch a Hudson Valley Car Share initiative. Zipcars are now available at nine Metro-North Railroad stations in the Hudson Valley so passengers can conveniently take a Zipcar from the station and easily travel to tourist destinations and other locations throughout the region.
A total of 14 Zipcars are available now through the partnership including a Honda Civic, a Jeep Renegade and a Honda CR-V. The vehicles are parked at dedicated, clearly marked spaces at station lots, providing Metro-North customers with the ease and simplicity of stepping off the train, hopping into a Zipcar and conveniently continuing on to destinations beyond the station. Each Zipcar reservation includes gas, insurance, maintenance and 180 miles of driving per day.
In addition to the Metro-North stations, Zipcar provides access to thousands of vehicles in greater New York for reservation by the hour or day. Prospective members can join the service instantly though the Zipcar mobile app or online at www.zipcar.com/metro-north.
The availability of Zipcars at these stations is part of a new Metro-North program called Ride2Drive, which aims to encourage visitors to travel to the Hudson Valley and at the same time increase mobility to New Yorkers who don't own cars. Within the next year, the program is expected to expand to an additional 24 Metro-North stations in New York State, both east and west of the Hudson River.
“We are always seeking ways to make access to our stations easier and more convenient,” said Joseph Giulietti, President of Metro-North Railroad. “The ease of having Zipcars at our stations will add a new travel option and make our train service that much more attractive and competitive.”