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Potential increase in demand for car share services as transit workers strike

Last Updated Nov 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm PST

While services like Modo and Share Now - formerly Car 2 GO - say the strike hasn't impact their users, Evo Car Share says its seeing a bump. (Lasia Kretzel NEWS 1130 Photo)

Evo says it saw a 27% increase in sign ups when transit job action started

Similar services like Modo and ShareNow - formally Car2Go - say the strike has not impacted their ridership

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As people look for alternative modes of transportation with a full shutdown of bus and SeaBus service looming, car share services could see a bump.

Evo Car Share says its numbers are on the rise.

When job action started they saw an immediate 27 per cent increase in sign ups.

While those numbers have since normalized, the car share service is preparing for another potential jump if the full strike goes forward next week.

But so far, neither Modo or ShareNow, formerly Car2GO, have seen an increase in use since transit’s workers job action.

Modo director of marketing and communications, Selena McLachlan, says there are two reasons the car share has not seen a bump.

One being, “Modo is not designed for commuting, due to its round trip nature,” she says. And the other reason being, “the impact of the strike action, in terms of user disruption, has so far been fairly limited.”

On Wednesday the union representing striking Metro Vancouver transit workers said there will be a complete shutdown of the bus system for three days next week if Unifor and Coast Mountain Bus Company are not able to reach a deal.

Picketing will be happening across the city, and a large rally is planned for Thursday, Nov. 28 at 1:00 p.m.