Image of the downtown area of Mount Vernon, New York
In most cities across the nation, municipal workers have city-owned vehicles that are used to perform duties during the nine to five shift. After the work day comes to an end, the vehicles sit idle for the remainder of the evening and overnight hours. And then there are the weekends. What if cities found a way to make money by renting out the vehicles to residents when they're not being used for official business? Sounds like a good idea to us.
Mount Vernon, New York will become the
Though this particular program is run by Go-Eco, we could see a city doing something like this on its own in the future. It would certainly make economical sense to rent out off-duty vehicles. We can imagine residents showing an interest in such a program as long as the selection extends beyond the municipality staples like work trucks and cargo vans.
UPDATE: It was brought to our attention nearly immediately that Mount Vernon is not the first city in the nation to partake in a municipal car-sharing program. As it turns out, Aspen, Colorado has had a similar program for years now and you can read all about it here and here. Thanks to Michael for the tip!
[Source: LoHud | Image: Lance Palmer - C.C. License 2.0]