Communauto receives City of Toronto’s first permit for free-floating car-share pilot Communauto FLEX Toronto will begin operations in November 2018
TORONTO, OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Canada’s longest-running car-sharing company Communauto will begin operating Toronto’s first free-floating car-share project under the City of Toronto’s new pilot program. The service, Communauto FLEX, plans to eventually have 500 cars on the ground covering 100 square kilometres in Toronto. During the first phase of the pilot in November 2018, Communauto FLEX will operate in the downtown core with 200 cars servicing 50 square kilometres. Communauto FLEX president M. Benoit Robert received the City’s first permit from the Mayor of Toronto and Barbara Gray, the City of Toronto’s General Manager of Transportation, at a press conference on October 9.
“Car sharing technologies have the power to change how people go about their day-to-day lives and get around this city. I’ve encouraged the introduction of these new technologies and believe that there can be many benefits, including potentially reducing traffic and congestion by removing cars from the road,” said Mayor John Tory. “I’m proud we’ve worked to strike a balance between the benefits of car sharing and the potential impacts it could have on neighbourhoods. I’m thrilled that the team at Communauto is among the first to join the pilot and operate here within these new regulations.”
The Free-Floating Car-Share pilot project was approved by the City of Toronto in April 2018. Free-floating car-sharing allows members to take one-way trips beginning in one location and ending in another. This service enables drivers to pick up cars from and drop off cars to legal residential parking spaces throughout the city, rather than being confined to a fixed location.
Communauto FLEX has no monthly fees and is free to join, using a pay-as-you-go structure. Daily trips begin at $0.40/minute, $15/hour, $50/day, and an additional $35 is charged for any days following. The first 150km is included in the price of each trip, and for the first month, registered users will receive the first 30 minutes of each trip free. Torontonians can rent Communauto FLEX cars from and drop them off at legal parking spaces within the 50 kilometre square service area, and drive anywhere they want to go in between. Metered parking spaces and Green P lots will be excluded from the service area at launch.
“As a Canadian company, we’re proud to be the first to bring a free-floating car service back to Toronto. Our FLEX car-share service will make carsharing easy and affordable for city residents, and our goal is to work together with Toronto’s existing transit options to continue to provide solutions to mobility issues,” said Benoit Robert, Communauto FLEX president. “Car-sharing offers a number of social and environmental benefits to individuals and businesses, and we’re looking forward to working with the city and other community partners to ensure this sustainable transportation method remains a thriving and viable option in Toronto.”
Communauto FLEX will launch in Toronto with 200 Hyundai Accent hatchbacks, servicing an area that will cover close to 50 square kilometres in the downtown core. The free-floating parking zone will span to High Park and Runnymede in the west, Dupont and Danforth in the north, and Victoria Park in the east.
If the pilot project is approved after the first 18 months of operations, Communauto FLEX will expand to have 500 cars on the road and will grow its service area to cover 100 square kilometres, serving residents up to Eglinton Ave.
How it works
Communauto FLEX offers Torontonians 24/7 access to one-way carsharing and a simple way to improve their mobility inside and outside the city. Registered users can locate and reserve cars using the Communauto FLEX mobile app, and doors can be unlocked and locked using a smartphone or membership card.
The first 30 minutes of booking is free, giving users enough time to reach the vehicle, and drivers can stop and start their journey at any time.
To pre-register for Communauto FLEX, please visit: https://toronto.communauto.com/
More information on Toronto’s Free-Floating Car-Share pilot project is available at http://bit.ly/FFCarSharePilot2018
Founded in Quebec City in 1994, Communauto is the oldest car-sharing service in North America and the one serving the largest number of communities in Canada. With a fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles, the company serves 13 cities each one with a local approach. Among these Edmonton, Waterloo Region, Hamilton, London, Guelph, Kingston, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montréal/Laval/ Longueuil, Quebec City/Lévis, Sherbrooke, Halifax and Paris in France. Communauto group operates gas, hybrids and electric cars and offers both round-trip and free-floating carsharing.