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Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Feb. 29, 2016

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | February 29, 2016

Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Feb. 29, 2016

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San Diego Car Rental Center Worth $316 Million Completed
Airport and city officials are celebrating the completion of the $316 million San Diego International Airport consolidated Rental Car Center. The facility is two million square feet, will house up to 19 rental car brands and approximately 5,000 vehicles.

BBB Gives Tips to Car Rental Customers
In 2015, the Better Business Bureau received 6,186 complaints about the car rental industry, and the organization has decided to do something about it. The BBB has developed a list of tips and suggestions to help customers avoid paying too much next time they rent a car.

Car Rental Industry Embracing New Wave of Technology
A new report from the USA Today looks at the rise of technology in the car rental industry, with apps that allow customers to make reservations and track the status of their vehicle, as well as use wireless internet service thanks to wireless hotspots.

Lyft Lands at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Ride-hailing service Lyft announced that the company would begin operating out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, effective immediately. To celebrate, Lyft is offering customers $5 off two rides to or from the airport anytime in the next three weeks.


Car sharing network Zipcar announced plans to develop and launch several new features including choose your destination, change destination mid-trip, extend reservations indefinitely and more.

Avis Budget Group announced its fourth quarter and year end results for 2015, with the company reporting revenue of $1.9 billion, an adjusted EBITDA of $128 million and an adjusted net income of $18 million.

Lyft announced that the company’s Lyft Line has been added in Miami, which will offer customers savings of up to 40 percent when compared to the prices of the original Lyft.

While only service animals were previously allowed on the Amtrak Cascades trains, the new pet policy changes allow customers who travel along the line to bring their small dogs and cats onboard.


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