In April of 2015 CarShare Vermont embarked on a two-year pilot project with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTRANS) to launch our service in Montpelier. This admittedly was a big undertaking for our small Burlington-based non-profit, but we were excited to partner with VTRANS to explore if carsharing could thrive in a smaller Vermont town.
At the start of this project we identified very specific membership and utilization targets that we needed to achieve (if not exceed) to sustain operations beyond the pilot period. Despite our sincere hopes, and a tremendous amount of work by our staff and local volunteers, we have fallen significantly behind at meeting all of our goals. In fact, in recent months we’ve lost more members than we’ve gained and usage has dropped steeply.
With this in mind, and with guidance and support from our Board of Directors, we’ve decided to cease operations in Montpelier effective April 30, 2017. It was a difficult decision, but we are confident that it’s the right one to keep our small non-profit organization strong, healthy, and best able to achieve our mission.
We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our Montpelier members and volunteers for your support throughout this pilot and for your understanding and patience through this transition. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 861-2340.
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Carshare Vermont has been a valuable transportation option for our family of 4, and was the driving factor (pun intended) in allowing us to sell our second car and enjoy the savings of being a one car household."
– Kaj Samsom