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Car2go is shutting down service in Columbus as of May 31, just a year after expanding its Central Ohio service territory, citing low membership for the car-sharing service.

“We have strongly advocated for smarter, more innovative and affordable mobility solutions in Columbus,” the service said in a statement on its website. “However, despite our best efforts and investment, there has not been enough adoption of our service to continue operations here.”

The departure is a blow for Smart Columbus and other connected mobility initiatives that hoped to incorporate Car2go and other ride-sharing options in transit projects to better connect residents to jobs. The car share program first launched in 2013 and has provided users the ability to rent cars on demand for one-way trips and park at city meters without paying.

The company said the program can be used through May 31, but the number of available vehicles may decrease before then. Members with any questions or concerns can contact car2go at memberservicesNA@car2go.com.

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