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Car Sharing - Rome
The main aim of the Roma Car Sharing service is to discourage the purchase of a second or third car per family offering an integrative service to Public Transport. In particular, in Rome many people use the private car less than 10.000 km per year, in some case paying high costs for garage, insurance and maintenance: car sharing is a right solution to save money and free up parking lots.
Objectives/ Innovative aspects
To change the current transportation habits, especially the way the car is used, creating an alternative to the purchase of the first/second car and indirectly enhancing the use of PT services.
Rome has one of the highest rates of car ownership in the world: 76 cars every 100 inhabitants.
After a preliminary study carried out in 2003, within the inner part of the city rail ring, a pilot project was chosen. The Borough III was selected as the ideal area to trial an experimental car sharing service. The Borough III has a strong underground and surface PT network, a large number of paid parking spaces and several important attractions: railway stations, scientific and university centres, Ministries, the general hospital (Policlinico), etc.
Roma Car Sharing is one of the eight services operating in Italy under the Iniziativa Car Sharing (ICS) Association. The other services are in Bologne, Turin, Venice, Genoa, Florence, Modena and Rimini. The interoperability system allows the user of Rome to use the service in the other city by means a sole smart card and vice versa.
Up to now after seventeen months 290 subscribers have been registered and more that 860 joining demands to the service have been sent to ATAC, as the service manager.
The interest of Public Administrations in car sharing depends on the ability of the schemes to reduce pollutant gas emissions.
Results from the first 16 months (March 2005 - June 2006)
Short term perspective for the service in Rome
The first experimental phase finished on the 7th of March 2006. The actual subscribers and the citizens that provided the joining demand want to know how the service will evolve.
The above project is part of the CIVITAS - MIRACLES initiative.