Carsharing

Carsharing allows people to rent cars on a short-term (hourly or daily), as-needed basis, paying only for the time they use the car and the mileage they drive. The operators of the carsharing program provide vehicle maintenance, repair, and insurance.

The term “shared-use vehicle” is a broader concept that encompasses both carsharing and station car programs.  Station car programs are designed to facilitate transit access in the cases where the final destination of a person who uses public transportation is located too far away from the endpoint of the transit route; people can drive station cars to complete the final leg of their trip.  

Shared-use vehicles allow individuals to gain the benefits of using a private car without the costs and responsibilities of owning a car.  Members of a shared-use vehicle or carsharing program pick-up and return vehicles at shared use lots that are scattered throughout a particular region or concentrated at a transit station, activity or employment center.  Typically, a member makes a reservation in advance, lets him or herself into the vehicle with a personal card or key, and drives away.  When the person is done using the car, she returns the car to its home parking space, locks it, and leaves it for the next carsharer. 

The benefits of carsharing can include:

·     More careful consideration of the necessity, duration, and distance of automobile trips,
      resulting in decreased vehicle use and ownership.

·     Greater consideration given to alternative modes, resulting in increased transit ridership, biking,
      and walking.

·     Cost savings to individuals and employers.

·     Energy savings and air quality benefits.

·     Reduced parking demand at participating transit stations, member employer sites, and
      residential locations.

Due to its many potential benefits, carsharing is gaining in popularity, as demonstrated by increasing North American membership.

·     As of January 2014, 24 U.S. carsharing programs claimed 1,228,573 members sharing 17,179 
      vehicles.

·     As of January 2014, 224,523 members shared 4,174 vehicles among 19 carsharing organizations in
      Canada.

·     As of January 2014, one Mexican carsharing program claimed 5,634 members sharing 50  
      vehicles.

·     As of January 2014, 3,326 members shared 56 vehicles among one carsharing program in
      Brazil.

·     As of October 2012, carsharing was operating in 27 countries and five continents, accounting
      for an estimated 1,788,000 members sharing approximately 43,550 vehicles. 

·     As of October 2012, carsharing was planned in seven additional countries worldwide.

TSRC is an internationally recognized leader in shared-use vehicle research, particularly in testing and evaluating innovative shared-use vehicle services and in tracking trends.

TSRC tracks and analyzes international carsharing and station car trends.  These trends include factors that contribute to the success of shared-use vehicle organizations, societal and environmental impacts, and key issues critical to this emerging industry, such as insurance, low-emission vehicles, and electronic and wireless technologies.  The California Department of Transportation and DaimlerChrysler have sponsored much of this research.

By keeping a pulse on the international shared-use vehicle community, TSRC seeks to provide valuable information to service providers, policymakers and other stakeholders (i.e., transit providers, community groups, automobile manufactures, electronic and cellular industries, and insurance companies). 


United States
Carsharing Operations

Buffalo CarShare: Buffalo, NY
http://www.buffalocarshare.org/

Car to Go: Aspen, CO
http://www.cartogo.com/

car2go
http://www.car2go.com/

CarShare Vermont: Burlington, VT
http://www.carsharevt.org/

CityCarshare: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
http://www.citycarshare.org/

Community Car: Madison: WI
http://www.communitycar.com/

CuseCar: Syracuse, NY
http://www.cusecar.org/

Dancing Rabbit Vehicle Cooperative: Rutledge, MO
http://www.dancingrabbit.org/drvc/

e-GO CarShare: Boulder, CO
http://carshare.org/

FunRide: San Luis Obispo, CA
http://myfunride.com/

Hertz on Demand
http://www.hertzondemand.com/SanFrancisco/Home

HourCar: Minneapolis, MN
http://www.hourcar.org/

I-Go Car Sharing: Chicago, IL
http://www.igocars.org/about

Ithaca Carshare: Ithaca, NY
http://www.ithacacarshare.org/ index.html

LAXCarShare
http://www.laxcarshare.com/

Mint: Cars On-demand: NYC, NY
http://www.drivemint.com/

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project Truck Share Program: Missoula, MT
http://www.mudproject.org/

Occasional Car Club: Denver, CO
http://www.occasionalcar.com/

PATS Carshare
http://www.patscarshare.com/

PhillyCarShare: Philadelphia, PA
http://www.phillycarshare.org/

Smart Commuter Options of Today (SCOOT): Kitsap, WA
http://www.kitsaptransit.org/Vanpool/scoot/index.htm

TIMECAR
http://www.timecar.com

UHaulCarShare: CA; MA; ME; OR; PA; UT; VA
http://www.ucarshare.com/

WeCar
http://www.wecar.com/index. html

Zero Emission Vehicle Network Enabled Transport (ZEV-NET), University of California, Irvine: (Research) Irvine, CA
http://www.zevnet.org/

Zipcar: AZ; CA; CT; District of Columbia; FL; GA; IL; ME; MD; MA;MI; NH; NJ; NM; NY; NC; OR, PA; RI; N; VT; VA; WA; WI
http://www.zipcar.com/


Canadian Carsharing Operations

AutoShare: Toronto, ON
http://www.autoshare.com/

Calgary Carshare: Calgary, AB
http://calgarycarshare.ca/

car2go
http://www.car2go.com/

Carshare HFX: Halifax, Nova Scotia
http://carsharehfx.ca/index. html

CommunAuto: Quebec, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Gatineau
http://www.communauto.com/

GO2 Carshare Cooperative
http://www.onesky.ca/go2carshare

Grand River Carshare & Hamilton Carshare: Kitchener, ON
http://communitycarshare.ca/grandriver/

Green Earth Coop: Kingston, ON

Guelph Community Car Co-op: Guelph, ON
http://guelphcarcoop.ca/

Hertz on Demand
http://www.hertzondemand.com/SanFrancisco/Home

Kootenay Carshare: Nelson, ON
http://kootenayrideshare.com/

Modo
http://www.modo.coop/

Nanaimo Carshare Cooperative
http://nanaimocarshare.ca/

Options for Cars

Peg City Car Co-op
http://pegcitycarcoop.ca/

Regina Car Share Co-operative
http://reginacarshare.ca/

Victoria Car Share Co-op: Victoria, BC
http://victoriacarshare.ca/

VRTUCAR: Ottawa, ON; Kingston, ON
http://www.vrtucar.com/

Zipcar: Toronto, ON
http://www.zipcar.com/


European Carsharing Operations

BayreuthMobil: Germany
http://www.bayreuthmobil.de/index.htm

Cambio: Aachen, Bielefeld, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Koln, and Saarbruken, Germany
http://www.cambiocar.com/cambio/carsharing/en/1

Green Wheels: Germany
http://www.stattauto.de/

Mobility Carsharing: Switzerland
http://www.mobility.ch/pages/index.cfm?dom=6

National Carshare: Britain
http://www.nationalcarshare.co.uk/

Stadtmobil: Germany
http://www.teilauto.org/

Stattauto: Germany
http://www.stattauto-hl.de/

Teil Carsharing: Germany
http://www.teilauto.net/


Carsharing Inventories

Car Sharing Canada
http://www.carsharing.ca/

CarSharing Network
http://www.carsharing.net/

Car Plus: The Car Club Network
http://www.carplus.org.uk/

Carshare.com
http://www.carshare.com/

Carsharing.org
http://www.carsharing.org/

Easy Earth
http://www.eartheasy.com/live_car_sharing.htm

World Carshare
http://www.ecoplan.org/carshare/general/inventory-29dec2000.htm

 

 

 

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