Media release: First Shared Car Comes to Coquitlam
COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, November 7, 2013 – The first carsharing service has officially arrived in Coquitlam thanks to cooperation between the City of Coquitlam and Modo The Car Co-op.
The City of Coquitlam has been actively working to explore ways to bring carsharing to the community. When Evergreen Line construction made it necessary to relocate a vehicle from Lougheed Skytrain Station, Modo approached the City in hopes of finding a new Coquitlam location for the car. As of November 4th, the car – a 2013 red Toyota Prius C – will be located on Rochester Avenue near Westview Street.
“The City of Coquitlam is very much committed to addressing the needs of our residents, who have been calling for enhanced, environmentally-responsible, transportation options, such as carsharing,” said Mayor Richard Stewart. “Together with Mayors Clay and Moore, I’ve met with the region’s three main carsharing entities, and I’m very excited to see the first shared car coming to Coquitlam thanks to Modo. I hope that this prompts the full expansion of this service into the Tri-Cities.”
Modo, a not-for-profit carshare co-op with almost 10,000 members and business drivers across Metro Vancouver, confirms that its first Tri-Cities car will be joined by many more shared vehicles in the future, with the development of the Evergreen Line paving the way.
“With the arrival of rapid transit to the Tri-Cities, carsharing will become a much more viable option,” says Modo Executive Director Phil Baudin, “And as a result, more people will have the option to live car-free, using transit, cycling, walking – and the occasional carshare vehicle – to meet their transportation needs. I look forward to seeing the development of our network in Coquitlam.”
Vancouver-based Modo The Car Co-op is Metro Vancouver’s only local, member-owned carshare co-operative. Its fleet of cars, trucks, minivans, cargo vans and electrics are located across the region, in Vancouver, UBC, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and now Coquitlam. Modo celebrated its 300th car earlier this month and will double its fleets in both Richmond and Surrey this fall.
For more information, contact:
Dan G. Mooney
Manager, Roads and Traffic Operations
Marketing Director, Modo The Car Co-op