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City of Mississauga’s Proposed Car Share Service Drives Forward

Mar 21, 2012

At today’s General Committee meeting, the Transportation and Works Department proposed a two-year agreement with AutoShare Inc. to establish the City of Mississauga’s first Car Share Service Pilot Project.

“The pilot project will determine the demand for car share services in downtown Mississauga,” said Martin Powell, commissioner, Transportation and Works Department. “Car sharing will give residents, employees and students a viable alternative to driving regularly or occasionally. It will contribute to the City’s vision of developing a transit-oriented city and building a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown Mississauga.”

A City-supported Car Share Service is one of the transportation demand management initiatives recommended in the Parking Strategy and is aligned with the City’s commitment to:

• Reduce urban driving
• Reduce parking demand
• Reduce vehicles per household
• Offer a range of transportation choices such as walking, cycling, public transit and driving a car, as outlined in the City’s Downtown21 Master Plan

The Car Share Service will allow registered members, 21 years or older, to book an environmentally-friendly vehicle, access it with a key card, and later return it to the same parking space. If approved by Council on March 28, 2012, the Car Share Service will be made available to the downtown community and to City staff for business or personal purposes. Two vehicles will be parked downtown and parking spaces will be provided free of charge during the pilot project.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.


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