Smart cars will expand Minneapolis car sharing

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 6:55 PM

City hopes that curbside parking and access to hundreds of Smart cars will persuade more drivers to ditch their vehicles.

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tkr380Aug. 31, 13 8:38 PM

Never heard of something as ridiculous as this. If it made sense, private business would have been doing this for decades. Leave it to government employees to sit around and brainstorm about ideas that they can act on when they don't have to make a profit for the boss.

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ThegonagleAug. 31, 13 8:40 PM

Good concept, but why not a real car? The Smart might be useful in Europe, but in the USA I think potential customers would prefer something like a Yaris or Fiesta at minimum. That way it would have some useful cargo room, and drivers would feel safer and more confident in traffic alongside all the big sedans, vans, and SUV's.

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workforit1Aug. 31, 13 9:12 PM

It never stops in Minneapolis. The ignorance of the mayor and city council have no limits. Lets take up a bunch of parking spaces to provided limited use cars. Let me see, we have already given priority to the ridiculous bikers, we have reduced the number of low cost parking spots by thousands, and now this. Oh, and don't forget a couple of billion for LTR that no one uses... Like they always say, those who can't do, work for government.

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supervon2Aug. 31, 13 9:46 PM

I hope they have protective glass for travelling in high-risk areas. These things look like real targets for those wise in the ways of crime.

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canoeistSep. 1, 13 2:18 AM

I'd guess a tiny car like this is adequate for the vast majority of trips people take in town. Saves curb space, saves wear on the streets, lowers pollution, makes the service cheaper. When you do need more capacity, you can rent a truck from Hourcar. Or maybe your family has one large car already and this service means you don't have to buy a second car.

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fwallenSep. 1, 1312:05 PM

Lets see where this project is in five years? Anybody want to invest in this?

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mjgfosterSep. 1, 1312:44 PM

Hey, tkr380: The city isn't running this program. It's is private organization that's doing it. They just struck a deal—a *business* deal!—with the city to use public parking spots instead of ramps. I know you're really anxious to expose any sort of government waste the liberals will heap upon the poor, helpless taxpayers. But this is not that case, your confirmation bias notwithstanding.

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mjgfosterSep. 1, 1312:45 PM

@workforit1 You do know you have the option in living in hundreds of other municipalities in the metro, right? If life in Minneapolis is so ridiculous because you have to share commonly held resources with other citizens, maybe try elsewhere. I'll even help you pack.

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