car2go and The Parking Spot Redefine Airport Transportation in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 30, 2014) — car2go N.A. LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, announced today its exclusive partnership with The Parking Spot, the leading near-airport parking company in the U.S., to offer car2go members airport transportation and parking for car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles at The Parking Spot near Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). The partnership marks Columbus as the second city to offer car2go’s one-way, on-demand transportation service at an airport location, and will be made available to car2go members beginning May 1st, 2014. Today, over 6.2 million travelers pass through Port Columbus each year by taking advantage of the airport’s nearly 150 daily departures to 32 destinations.
“At car2go, we are committed to offering innovative mobility solutions that fit the lifestyle of our valued members, who live in, work in, and travel to Columbus,” said Nicholas Hill, Location Manager for car2go Columbus. “Our members have asked for it, and we listened — car2go’s convenient and flexible one-way transportation service will provide members with the added benefit to get to and from Port Columbus International Airport with complete ease.”
“The Parking Spot is more than just a place to park your car, and the expansion of our partnership with car2go further enhances our commitment to providing innovative transportation solutions to and from the airport,” said Chris Maguire, Sales Manager of The Parking Spot. “We focus on hospitality, and this added level of airport accessibility to members in the Columbus community is a tremendous complement to our business.”
car2go Columbus, which launched in October 2013 as car2go’s 12th city in North America, collectively shares a network of 250 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles available to over 9,500 car2go members. Coming soon, the car2go Columbus fleet will be increased to nearly 300 vehicles, in which members can use to travel in and around the 33-square-mile car2go Columbus Home Area at their convenience.
Today, car2go has been recognized as one of the fastest growing carsharing programs around the world, and can be seen in seven countries with more than 700,000 registered members. With Regional Access available beginning May 5th, 2014, North American car2go members will be able to use the car2go service in any of car2go’s 13 cities across the U.S. and Canada — from Seattle and Columbus to Miami and Montreal.
How To Use The Parking Spot Airport Shuttle Service
Designated parking spaces will be reserved for car2go vehicles at The Parking Spot, located at 1399 Stelzer Road. Members do not have to pay The Parking Spot for using designated car2go parking spaces; instead, an additional $10 charge will be billed to the member’s account for each trip taken to or from The Parking Spot. Parking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If all the car2go spots are occupied, car2go members should follow the “Overflow Parking” signs to end their trip in additional car2go designated parking spaces. Due to the nature of airport travel, no stopovers will be allowed at this location; all trips must be ended when leaving a car2go at The Parking Spot.
car2go members from anywhere in the U.S. can also pick up a car2go from The Parking Spot on their way into Columbus. They should make sure a vehicle is available before boarding The Parking Spot shuttle at the airport. Members can reserve a car2go through free iPhone and Android apps, the Facebook finder/reservation system at columbus.car2go.com or by calling 877-488-4224.
Dropping off a car2go:
- Drive to The Parking Spot, located adjacent to the Port Columbus International Airport (1399 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219).
- Take a ticket* to open the gate at the entrance and follow the blue and white car2go signs to the designated parking spaces.
- Unload luggage, end the trip, and wait at the vehicle to board The Parking Spot shuttle to the airport.
*Members should place ticket in one of the dash slots above the telematics screen in the car2go.
Picking up a car2go:
- Reserve a car2go via the car2go mobile app, website or by phone. (Reservations expire 30 minutes after the car is booked.)
- Board The Parking Spot shuttle at the airport and inform the driver that a car2go has been reserved. The shuttle will drop members at the car2go designated spaces.
- Swipe into the reserved car2go vehicle to begin the trip, exit The Parking Spot, and return to the car2go Home Area.
Members can also view the car2go airport transportation how-to video by clicking here.
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About car2go N.A.
car2go N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler and a brand of moovel GmbH, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world. A flexible and “on demand” mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the “first and last mile” of a member’s commute. Today, car2go has more than 700,000 registered members in 26 cities around the world.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including Vancouver Courier’s “Best Carshare,” Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Readers Poll “Best CarSharing App,” Austin Chamber of Commerce’s “Greater Austin Business Award,” and the prestigious “2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold
2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.
About The Parking Spot
The Parking Spot is the nation’s largest near-airport parking operator, providing parking and shuttle service in distinctive spotted shuttles at 20 major airports in the U.S. with a total of 32 locations. The Parking Spot includes Parking Spot branded facilities at Atlanta Hartsfield, Austin Bergstrom, Buffalo – Niagara, Columbus, Dallas Fort Worth, Dallas Love Field, Denver International, Houston Hobby, Houston IAH, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Newark EWR, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis Lambert.
At The Parking Spot, guests ride to and from the airport in the company’s distinctive yellow and black spotted shuttles, which pick up guests at their vehicles or valet lobbies and run continuously to the airport. Shuttle drivers offer complimentary luggage assistance upon departure and return. Additionally, guests are provided with a complimentary newspaper upon arrival and chilled bottled water at exit and may also join the Spot Club™, the industry’s most flexible airport parking rewards program. Our lots are spacious, fully-fenced, well lit, and open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Parking Spot’s Columbus location features self- and valet parking.
For more information about The Parking Spot, please visit theparkingspot.com, follow @TheParkingSpot on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheParkingSpot.