Pittsburgh, PA – November 30, 2017 – Car rental company ProgressiveRentalCar.com will be the city’s primary tenant for the next several years as it ramps up its operations and expands its car rental business, the company announced Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh company, which is the parent company of the popular car rental site Zipcar, has been looking for a location for its fleet of rental cars since 2017.
The city is working to secure the site for the company, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, citing a person familiar with the situation.
The person declined to be named because the company was not authorized to discuss the matter.
“We want to bring more cars to Pittsburgh, so we are excited to open up this space to the community,” said Andrew Miller, co-founder and president of ProgressiveRentalsCar.
The company has been renting cars in the city since 2017 and now has about 400 cars.
It is the only company that operates in the area, with a fleet of more than 100 cars.
In addition to Pittsburgh’s downtown, the new location will also house the city-owned Park & Ride, which has a fleet that currently rents to out-of-town residents.
Park & Train was founded in 1971 by John A. McElroy and William McElley and is operated by a nonprofit group, the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership.
Other sites in the region, including Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami, have also been selected to serve as rental vehicles for the future, said Joe Zilch, president and chief operating officer of ProgressiveCar.
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Its fleet has expanded to include cars from companies such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.
Com’s fleet also includes an electric vehicle called the CarMax, which it hopes will provide a safe and convenient way to get to work.
Pittsburgh is one the first cities in the United States to require car rentals with a “safety net” of cash payments, including the federal government.
This includes a $15 per hour minimum wage for most drivers, and a $25 per day vehicle insurance.
It also requires that drivers must have a license, which the company says is currently not available for the majority of workers.
It is unclear how the city will pay for the additional vehicles, and the company has not disclosed any details about what the payments will be, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Post.
A spokesperson for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told the Pittsburgh Business Journal the city is exploring all options for how to finance the project.