Zipcar program expanding in KC to provide those without vehicles more transportation options

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zipcar, which is a company that offers access to cars to people who don’t own one, is expanding to downtown Kansas City.

Zipcar is a service that asks its customers to pay an annual membership fee to get access to their cars, which are strategically placed in the city. Zipcar then pays for the gas and insurance while you pay for the time.

Zipcar first came to Kansas City back in August, and put two cars at the airport and two on the UMKC campus. Now they are adding eight more in downtown Kansas City – all along the streetcar route, so they will be easily accessible to downtown residents without a car.

To use a Zipcar vehicle you must get online and reserve a car, swipe your membership card to unlock the door, use the keys inside to get to where you need to go, then return the car to the same place when you’re done with it.

The cost to use the cars is around $9 to $10 dollars an hour or around $75 dollars a day, so comparable to a car rental.

Budget Avis owns Zipcar, and it recently reached its one millionth member mark with cars in dozens of cities all over the country.

The eight new Zipcars will be located at 3rd and Delaware, 14th and Baltimore, 19th and Main, and 21st and Main at Union Station.

New Zipcar locations

New Zipcar locations

Mayor Sly James and other city officials will be at the Zipcar expansion ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Monday at Union Station.

To learn more about Zipcar, click here.

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