GSA to tap into car-sharing to cut costs

Government workers in four U.S. cities will soon be able to get behind the wheel of a ZipCar as part of a General Services Administration push to cut costs. The...

By Ginger Whitaker
Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is bringing car-sharing to federal agencies in a new effort to save money and improve efficiency.

GSA gave contracts to Enterprise CarShare, ZipCar, Hertz and Carpingo as part of the initiative. The four companies will provide car-sharing services as an option for federal employees who use government vehicles, according to a GSA news release.

The pilot program will be introduced in Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Chicago. The goal is to determine how efficient and cost-saving car sharing can be for the government, rather than using taxis, renting, leasing or purchasing vehicles.

“Every day across America, families and businesses look for practical ways to save money. GSA is doing just that with this car-sharing program that drives down costs, increases efficiency, and improves operations of the government fleet program,” said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini, in a news release.

The vehicles will be provided on a short-term, hourly basis, for no longer than one day.

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