The city of Raleigh, North Carolina, has become the first in North America to offer car rental services to its residents, after a pilot program ran for two years.
The program, called CarRentReno, was launched in late March after the city found a significant demand for car rentals in the area.
CarRentReno, which will be operated by The City of Raleigh and is funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, provides rental cars and other vehicles to people with disabilities.
The service will also allow those with mobility challenges to access their vehicle when they need it most, said Kimmie Anderson, executive director of the city.
“We’re trying to make this service available to people who need it, and not just for the convenience of being able to drive a car in the neighborhood, but also because we believe that if people are able to use their mobility, they’re going to be able to benefit from this service,” Anderson said.
The city is also making changes to its city-run car rental service.
It is no longer offering daily car rentals, instead offering rides for those who want them.
The change is expected to make the service more accessible for people with mobility issues, who can also find rides when needed.
The car rental program is designed to be affordable, but Anderson said the city will also try to help the public understand the benefits of the program.
“One of the big questions we’re going out to ask is: Are people going to use this service for the right reasons?
Are they going to benefit in the long run?
That’s one of the things that we’re really interested in,” Anderson told CBC News.”
I think it’s really important to understand what we’re getting from this program, and why people are interested in it.”
CarRentalReno will offer a monthly rental, for a minimum of $65, but the city hopes to offer the program to as many as 60 people a day.
The city is working to develop a schedule for the program, which is expected at the end of the month.