Central Oregon runs out of rental cars

Those in the industry blame an increase in tourism

Bend, Ore. (CITY OF BEND, OREGON GOVERNMENT/FACEBOOK)

BEND, Ore. (AP) – With tourism picking up for the summer season in Central Oregon several rental car agencies are out of vehicles.

The Bulletin reports that rental car managers say the shortage can be attributed to tourism, population growth and the closure of the Redmond Airport last month.

No cars are currently available at the Hertz, Enterprise, Avis or Budget rental car locations in Bend or at the Redmond Airport, though the agencies expect vehicles to be available soon.

Without rental cars, there are few options for carless visitors to get around in Central Oregon. Popular rideshare alternatives like Uber, Lyft and Zipcar do not operate in Bend or Redmond.

Visit Bend estimates between 2.5 million and 3 million people visited Bend in 2015.

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