For Immediate Release
Car Share Program Launching in Redwood City – Zipcars Debut!
Redwood City, CA - May 1, 2012 - The City of Redwood City and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), funded with a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), are launching a new car sharing program for residents and employees of local businesses in Redwood City. This program is part of the “Making the Last Mile Connection” pilot program, a plan to provide residents and employees with sustainable transportation options. Featuring Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre and Board of Supervisors President Adrienne Tissier, the kick-off event will take place:
- Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Arguello Plaza, near the corner of Broadway and California Street
Enjoy free coffee provided by Zipcar!
At 10:30am, the first of the program’s fleet of car sharing vehicles, provided by Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, will arrive with San Mateo County Supervisor and MTC Chair Adrienne Tissier, Mayor Aguirre, SamTrans Chair Jerry Deal, and Zipcar Regional Vice President Dan Grossman. After some brief comments to commemorate the start of this new service, attendees will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the Zipcar vehicles, learn how to use the car sharing program, and get information on other commuter services and alternatives from the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance.
Three Zipcars will be stationed in the adjacent Caltrain parking lot in Redwood City, available for Zipcar members to use to run errands from work, or otherwise utilize instead of driving their own car. This program removes an obstacle faced by commuters who want to take public transit by providing fuel-efficient vehicles they can use for short trips during the day. The program also provides residents in downtown Redwood City the opportunity to use alternative modes of transit, leave their cars at home, and/or even reduce the number of vehicles owned by providing a low-cost vehicle to use on an as-needed basis.
Zipcar members sign up online, and receive access to the Zipcars using a keyless entry. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or for up to several days, starting from $8 per hour or $78 per day for the “occasional driver” plan, while extra value plans are also offered. The reservation price includes up to 180 miles of driving per day, insurance, gas, and roadside assistance. Members can reserve Zipcars online (www.zipcar.com), over the phone, or by using Zipcar’s mobile applications for both iPhone and Android, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Zipcar program in Redwood City is available to local residents and visitors, as well as to employees of local businesses through the company’s “Zipcar for Business” program.” As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Redwood City’s carbon footprint. National studies have shown that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40 percent when car owners switch to car sharing.
SamTrans was awarded an MTC Climate Initiatives Grant in the amount of $1,487,000 to fund the “Making the Last Mile Connection” Pilot Program. The MTC grant supports the implementation of a suite of transportation demand management (TDM) strategies in the City of Redwood City that will test the contribution TDM can make in changing residents’ and employees’ travel habits away from single-occupancy personal vehicle travel. This shift in travel will result in reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
The Zipcar program will initially offer a pod of three cars located at the Redwood City Caltrain Station. It’s the first of several Last Mile Program elements – the others are:
- Short-Distance Vanpools will be available from both Caltrain and residential sites to worksites
- San Mateo County is re-launching its Telework and Flex-schedule programs, which will be promoted to County managers and employees
- A bike share program (funded by a separate grant under the MTC Climate Initiatives Program) will be implemented soon – similar to a car share where people can use transit and then hop on a bike to get to work, or use for errands, or just for residents to get around town as needed.
- Publicity for these and other strategies will be tailored to inform and educate residents, employers, and employees so that all options are on the table
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Public Communications Manager
Iris Yuan, SamTrans