Originally published June 16, 2014

by Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

 

Car-sharing company Zipcar has expanded quickly in its four years in Baltimore, scaling up from an initial fleet of 27 cars to more than 200 vehicles.

The Boston-based company announced Monday the opening of a new office in Harbor East, next to a new on-street city bike corral. The company has more than doubled its workforce to seven employees, said spokeswoman Lindsay Wester, and expanded throughout the city from its beginnings around the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.

"It's actually been pretty remarkable," Zipcar President Kaye Ceille said of the company's rapid local expansion from university campuses to central commercial districts and fast-growing neighborhoods in Southeast Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the company has helped to make Baltimore "a more sustainable, a more clean, and a more attractive city" by linking with the Charm City Circulator and other transit infrastructure to provide "convenient and effective ways to crisscross the region."

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