IGO was launched in 2002 by the Center for Neighborhood Technology as a nonprofit corporation to introduce carsharing to the Midwest. Support was also provided by the City of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
IGO operates an extensive, varied fleet of 100% low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles (including hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric vehicles) throughout the metropolitan area and is committed to serving all neighborhoods. We believe that everyone in our region is entitled to convenient, affordable transportation options without having to own a car.
IGO provides its members with immediate access to vehicles near their homes, work, or public transit routes and stations. Members reserve cars online or by phone (either by contacting our 24-hour Member Experience call center or using IGO’s mobile reservations site) and self-access vehicles by means of an electronic smart card or access tag—all for one hourly rate that covers gas, insurance vehicle maintenance and 24-hour assistance. Our research indicates that IGO members reduce annual transportation expenses by up to $5,000.
IGO’s joint initiative with the CTA—providing access to IGO cars and CTA trains and buses with one smart card—was launched in January 2009, and is the nation’s first such partnership between a public transit agency and carsharing service. The program amply illustrates IGO’s unique visionary aim in the carsharing industry: to lead the way toward an integrated, multi-modal network of sustainable transportation that, cumulatively, reduces car ownership, urban congestion, and greenhouse gases while creating an affordable and convenient alternative for residents.