Metro-North Requests Bids for Rental Car Service

By Ben Fractenberg on May 19, 2014 1:39pm 

 Metro-North is requesting proposals from car rental and car sharing companies to provide service at 23 stations. 
Metro-North is requesting proposals from car rental and car sharing companies to provide service at 23 stations. 
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MIDTOWN — Metro-North is looking for a new car sharing or Rental Company to provide vehicles at more than 20 stations, the agency announced Monday. 

The MTA has been working with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, which allows riders to reserve vehicles online that are then delivered to stations including Poughkeepsie, Port Chester and Patterson. The rental agency’s contract is expiring soon, leading Metro-North to request proposals from other car services.

“Savvy New Yorkers know the value of using the train to get a head start out of town on summer and holiday weekends,” Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said in a statement.  “Beat traffic by taking the train to the car.”

Renting a car for 24 hours from Poughkeepsie starts at about $35, according to Enterprise’s website.

Currently cars are available at 23 stations on the Hudson, Harlem, New Haven, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines. You can reserve cars online and then call within 20 minutes of arriving at the station to have the vehicle delivered.

The program started in 2007 with Enterprise. A Metro-North spokesman said the company did a good job and can reapply to provide the service again, but the agency wanted to have a competitive bidding process.

Metro-North did not have immediate information on how many people use the service.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on June 6.

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