NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) – The New York City government is testing a new car-sharing program intended to shrink the size of the municipal vehicle fleet.

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Under an agreement with car rental company Zipcar, city employees will drive rental cars during the day for official business.

Those vehicles will then be available for regular rentals on evenings and weekends.

In a one-year pilot program, 300 employees from the transportation department will share 25 vehicles, most of them hybrids.

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The city will examine the program’s effect on vehicle miles traveled, parking and other costs.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been trying to reduce costs associated with municipal vehicles.

The city’s fleet has more than 26,000 vehicles.

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