New car sharing business in Portland

New car sharing business in Portland

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by Tim Gordon

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Posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 12:41 PM

PORTLAND – If you own a car, on average it's sitting idle for about 22 hours a day.

A new service called Getaround provides a way to rent it out. The service officially launched in Portland at City Hall Wednesday.

Already there were about 100 vehicles available to rent in the Portland area, from owners, as opposed to a rental company.

Portland received a federal grant of $1.7 million to study peer to peer car sharing. Congressman Earl Blumenauer pushed for it, to study the program's affect on transportation.

“If we can find a way to make it more efficiently and put money back in the pockets of citizens, that is money absolutely well spent,” Blumenauer said. “And there’s nobody else who’s gonna do it.”

Portland State University will receive some of the grant money for the research.

Getaround is based in the San Francisco area. The service is already available there and in San Diego.

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