Three cities east of Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, have teamed up with the economic development alliance Innovation Triangle and are working to bring car-sharing to the Eastside.
The three cities have met with representatives from both BMW’s ReachNow service and car2go, which is owned by Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, about bringing their free-floating, car-sharing services to the triangle. Jesse Canedo, Bellevue’s economic development manager, told GeekWire that ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield reached out about bringing its service to the Eastside late last year, and the two sides met back in January. The cities are talking with car2go, as well, and plan to release a community survey to gauge demand for car-sharing next month.
ReachNow noted that the company has never crossed municipal borders in the areas it serves, so an agreement with Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland would be a first.
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