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Richmond wants to test Car2Go

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Richmond City Hall is set to vote on bringing Car2Go to the city.

The plan being proposed by staff calls for a pilot period where as many as 50 car-share vehicles will be placed around the island municipality's core areas at any time.

"The company proposes to launch this expanded service in summer or fall 2014 for a trial period of one year," said a staff report from Richmond transportation director Victor Wei.

"Ultimately, Car2Go may elect to expand its home area to encompass all of Richmond, following an evaluation of the trial program in the city centre."

The city, which is expected to have council vote on the matter on Wednesday, is proposing to allow Car2Go vehicles to park in reserved spots at Canada Line stations.

There would be two spaces at city hall, as well as some pay parking locations — Car2Go would pay for the parking — in the Richmond core area.

Modo and Zip Car already operate in Richmond, but one requires advanced booking and the other requires users to drop off the car at the same spot they picked it up.  

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