Number of car share locations

In late 2008, the urbanized area signed its first car sharing contract with Zipcar. The program initially served the area with 6 vehicles in February 2009 and expanded to an average of 17.3 Zipcar vehicles in the urbanized area by 2015. In 2018, there were an average of 15.2 vehicles available at up to 10 locations.

According to the report, Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts of Car Sharing in North America, each car share member reduces personal CO2 emissions by between 1,100 and 1,600 pounds per year. Car sharing programs have also been shown to reduce car ownership and roadway congestion.

Average Number of Zipcar Vehicles and Monthly Drivers

ZipCarAverage Car Share Vehicles AvailableAverage Number of Monthly Car Share Drivers
Data Source: Zipcar

The map below shows the locations of Zipcar vehicles that were present at the time of updating the LRTP 2040 report card. For the most current information on fleet availability, please refer to the Zipcar website.

The rider-booking service Uber launched in C-U in February 2015, followed by Lyft in 2016. The number of Zipcar vehicles and locations have decreased in response to competition from new services entering the urbanized area. Although both Uber and Lyft offer additional ridersharing options under uberPool and Lyft’s Shared rides, these options are currently unavailable to residents in the urbanized area. This performance measure receives a negative rating.

Please note the tracking for this performance measure has been revised for the 2018 report card update to better account for variability in Zipcar availability throughout the year. Previous ratings are based on information from the Zipcar website at a specific point in time. Going forward from the 2018 update, Zipcar data accounts for the full year.

Car Share Program PM Summary

Goal The Champaign-Urbana area will address issues of equity as well as segregation in its diverse communities in the area of transportation.
Objective Expand car sharing programs and locations by 10% by 2020.
Performance Measure Number of new car share programs in the area and number of Zipcar locations
2016 Rating

In 2016, there were a total number of 18 car share vehicles at 10 locations in the urbanized area. Although the number of Zipcar vehicles didn’t
increase, new ride sharing services (UberPool) entered the urbanized area, and provided residents with more choices. This Performance Measure receives a Positive rating.

2017 Rating

In 2017, there were a total number of 18 car share vehicles at 11 locations in the urbanized area. Although the number of Zipcar vehicles didn’t increase, new ridesharing services entering the urbanized area provides the residents with more choices. This Performance Measure receive a Neutral rating.

2018 DRAFT Rating

In 2018, there were an average of 15.2 car share vehicles at 8 locations in the urbanized area. The average number of Zipcar vehicles and the number of Zipcar locations have decreased since 2015. Negative rating.