Thursday, June 11, 2009

An open letter to Transportation Alternatives to join CCRC in supporting Fast Fleet for NYC

Wiley Norville
Communications Dir.
Transportation Alternatives
127 W 26th St # 1002
New York, NY 10001
(212) 629-8080

We are writing to ask for your support in joining the Civic Center Residents Coalition to ask the New York City government to enact “fast-fleet” (aka Zip Car) technology to its entire fleet of vehicles.
The New York Times reported as far back as 1987 about abuse of parking spaces by NYPD and government vehicles in Chinatown. The Civic Center Residents Coalition, CCRC, is well recognized for having exposed congested streets, dangerous conditions, and loss of revenue due to the abundance of illegally parked government owned and government employee’s commuter vehicles throughout the Chinatown/lower Manhattan area during the last several years.
Recognizing the struggle of Chinatown activists trying to clear its streets of illegally parked government fleet vehicles and privately owned commuter vehicles with agency sanctioned placards, Transportation Alternatives began research on a large scale to further expose the danger, disrespect, and loss and revenue to the City as a result of the abuse.
It is for this reason that we ask you to support for NYC what Washington D.C. has adopted as its answer to reduce its fleet, streamline its finances, and eliminate once and for all abuse of government owned vehicles.
Fast Fleet, Zip Car technology will be launched in 15 cities in the coming years. Currently New York City is not on that list. Fast-Fleet ( is a fully transparent system that continually monitors every vehicle’s use, location, agency, and driver, thereby eliminating the need for placards.
Just as important as the elimination of abuse is the drastic and immediate reduction of the City’s vehicle fleet because fast-fleet is a car SHARING program. Once cars are shared throughout the City and throughout the day, parking spaces for these cars, maintenance, fuel, and emissions are all reduced.
Can we count on Transportation Alternatives to enthusiastically support this twenty first century solution to government waste in vehicle usage which will for generations to come improve the City of New York?

Jan Lee
Danny Chen
Jeanie Chin
John Ost

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