Car Share, Shift Plan
Car Share makes it easier for people not to own a car or for a household to avoid owning multiple cars by providing an option for occasional vehicle trips. It can support transit and multimodal lifestyles, reduce household transportation costs, and flexibly connect transit users to broader destinations than transit or bike share.
Car share is a model through which vehicles are made available to program members for hourly or daily use. Vehicles are typically picked up and dropped off at designated parking locations within the community, and are made available to provide flexible access to a vehicle.
Car share is supportive of transit use and an overall multi-modal lifestyle, and can reduce the rate of private vehicle ownership or use. Families that cannot afford (or choose not to buy) a car (or second car) can access a vehicle when necessary, but otherwise rely on transit, carpooling, or active transportation. Drivers who may wish to purchase an electric car but worry about range for longer but infrequent trips can use a car share vehicle as needed.
Priority Actions (Car Share)
Car share has many co-benefits, including:
» Saves families and individuals hundreds of dollars every month in car payments, insurance, gas, registration and repairs by enabling members to avoid owning a personal vehicle or additional vehicles
» Encourages individuals to choose alternative commute options by providing short-term car rentals near work or school for shorter trips such as errands and business meetings
» Reduces the need for vehicle ownership and reliance on single-occupancy vehicle travel, thereby reducing vehicle miles traveled and GHG emissions.
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