Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
A little over ten years ago, CNT set out to change the way Chicagoans made decisions about personal transportation and car ownership. We initiated a pilot project that introduced carsharing to Chicago, and Chicagoans to carsharing. It worked, and IGO CarSharing was born.
As one of the first carsharing operations in the United States, IGO created a market in Chicago where none existed, expanding year-by-year from a few neighborhoods to a diverse mix of 40 (and four suburbs), and into the only carsharing service with 100-percent low-emission vehicles. As a nonprofit, we’re especially proud of what IGO accomplished and the leading role we played in the development of this new industry.
Today, we are announcing that the car-sharing business of our affiliate, IGO CarSharing, is being acquired by Enterprise Holdings.
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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
A new incentive will provide $50 in transit credit for people who get the Chicago Card Plus I-GO card before Feb. 29.
Between now and February 29, people who sign up for a joint Chicago Card Plus I-GO card for use on the CTA and in I-GO Car Sharing vehicles will receive $50 in transit credit and a heavily discounted I-GO membership. The Chicago Card Plus I-GO card is the only one of its kind in the nation, allowing a seamless transfer between public transit and a car sharing vehicle.
Participants can enroll at http://tinyurl.com/ye6flbe ››
“If you’ve been thinking about ditching your car and simplifying your life with transit and car sharing, there’s never been a better time to make the leap,” said Kathryn Tholin, director of Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), which is administering the incentive program on behalf of Cook County. “Owning a car is expensive, a hassle, and can have a large carbon footprint. Using integrated transit and car sharing instead of owning a car is good for people’s budgets, stress levels, and the environment.” Read more »
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
I-GO, Chicago’s nonprofit car sharing organization, has launched a $2.5 million electric vehicle project that will add 36 all-electric vehicles to its fleet and 18 solar charging stations providing clean power to its cars. Once completed, I-GO will have the largest electric vehicle fleet in the Midwest, and it will use more solar power to charge electric vehicles than anywhere else in the country.
I-GO is today announcing the locations of 11 solar-powered charging stations throughout the Chicago region, including several JEWEL-OSCO stores, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Village of Oak Park, the City of Evanston, and Uncommon Ground restaurant. The remaining seven locations will be announced soon. The canopies will be installed in early 2012.
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Monday, October 24th, 2011
This joint CTA/I-GO smart card is the only one in North America that provides access to public transit and car sharing vehicles.
“I-GO sees itself as a form of public transportation that provides the last mile solution for the CTA.” That’s the good word from reporter John Skelly, Jr., writing about I-GO’s partnership with the CTA for Northwestern University’s Medill Reports.
The article describes the motivating factors behind the 2008 development of the Chicago Card Plus/I-GO Card, a joint smartcard offered by I-GO Car Sharing that lets its members access both I-GO vehicles and CTA trains and buses. There are about 1,800 cards in circulation. The result: cost savings across transportation modes and a progressive re-thinking of how public transit can fit within a mixture of services to better meet the needs of a metropolitan population.
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
(From I-GO’s Motormouth blog)
Ever wonder what it’d be like to drive a car that gets 100 miles to the gallon? You don’t have to wait until 2015, the deadline President Barack Obama set in his New Energy For America plan to put one million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on the road. Thanks to generous support from ComEd, I-GO just added two plug-in hybrids to its fleet. On a fully charged battery, these cars are capable of achieving fuel economy in excess of 100 mpg and reducing CO2 emissions by up to two-thirds over the standard Prius.
The cars—converted 2009 Toyota Priuses—are located in the Millennium Park north garage at 201 E. Randolph Dr., and at 900 S. Clark St. in the AMLI 900 residential tower’s garage.
Read more about I-GO’s new plug-in electric vehicles >>
Addition: On April 21, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, will join I-GO and ComEd at the Thompson Center to unveil the two new plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. Read more in the Press Release.