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New Brunswick Car-Sharing Program Expands

Enterprise's Adam Nachman (left) poses alongside Mitchell Karon, head of the parking authority, at the corner of College Avenue and Bartlett Street, next to a new Chevy. Credits: New Brunswick Parking Authority

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Residents don’t need a vehicle of their own to hit the road.

The New Brunswick Parking Authority has expanded its partnership with Enterprise CarShare, a service that allows members to pay for short-term car rentals, according to the agency.

Vehicles are available 24 hours per day at five locations in the city. New pickup points include two spots on the corners of College Avenue and Bartlett and Stone streets, and CarShare rides remain parked at 95 Paterson St., 17 Easton Ave. and 205 Easton Ave., according to the parking authority.

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In a press release, city officials touted the program as an antidote to the “decreasing inventory” of on-street parking in New Brunswick and other urban areas.

“We’re pleased to be able to expand our partnership with Enterprise to bring more CarShare vehicles to the City of New Brunswick,” the parking authority’s executive director, Mitchell Karon, said in a written statement. “This service provides another level of convenience for the network of customers that we serve daily in our community.”

The new College Avenue access points come just weeks after the parking authority and Rutgers University removed nearly 50 metered spaces on the main drag.

While several metered spots remain on the far ends of the road, much of the parking has been moved into university-owned lots. New Brunswick also has a handful of parking decks in its downtown neighborhood.

The move also fits in with city officials’ plan to make the area a so-called “transit village” in which ride-sharing initiatives, bicycle lanes and walking become more prevalent.

Architects of the CarShare program hope it will open more on-street parking to visitors.

“Fewer vehicles on the street result in more available spaces for other residents and patrons supporting local business,” authorities wrote in the press release.

Enterprise has waived application and first-year membership fees for New Brunswick residents who sign up for the CarShare program. They may sign up here.

The program costs $10 to join, and members receive $6 hourly driving rates, according to the authority.

They may rent cars for rates set by the hour, day, overnight trip and weekend.

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