- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - City Hall is looking to hear from business owners and residents who have concerns about the car service, Car2Go, so that they can deal with parking issues in Portland’s growing retail and restaurant districts.

Residents have complained about Car2Go, because several of the vehicles frequently line the curbs in their neighborhoods for days on end. Business owners have said that the micro vehicles take up too much parking that could instead be used for customers, reported The Oregonian Sunday (https://bit.ly/1ftDCv4 ).

Car2Go spokeswoman Dacyl Armendariz said the company’s vehicles usually sit idle in a parking spot for only two or three hours.

“When we are contacted by a business owner,” Armendariz said, “our fleet team will move the vehicle in question per their request.”

But Nick Zukin, owner of the popular Chinatown eatery Mi Mero Mole, said that wasn’t the case when he called the local Car2Go office for help with the vehicles clustered outside his business in metered parking spaces.

“They said, ‘Sorry, there’s nothing we can do about it,’” Zukin said. “Why would they want six cars just sitting on the same block. That doesn’t seem like a good distribution of inventory.”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is in the process of finalizing a new annual permit for Car2Go, which currently requires the company to pay close to $675,000 for street parking.

City Hall wants feedback from residents and business owners on the Car2Go parking situation so that it can assess the severity of the problem and “work towards the best option,” said Diane Dulken, an agency spokeswoman.

Car2Go first launched in 2012. The Austin-based company became popular in Portland, where the fleet has nearly doubled from 230 vehicles and now covers 42 square miles.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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