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Join Mayor Aguirre for Car Share Program Kick Off Tomorrow Morning

Good morning –

I want to invite you to a special event tomorrow morning at Arguello Plaza (near the Caltrain station, on Broadway near California Street). It’s the kick-off of a new car-share program for Redwood City.

There’ll be a short ceremony, and the unveiling of the first of several Zipcars that people in Redwood City can rent for short periods of time, as a means of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the total vehicle miles traveled.

The City and SamTrans, funded with a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), are launching this 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
    10:30 am
    Arguello Plaza, near the corner of Broadway and California Street
    Enjoy free coffee provided by Zipcar!

At 10:30 am, 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, 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 can reserve the vehicles 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.” This program is designed to help 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.

I hope to see you tomorrow morning at Redwood City’s kick-off for this new car share program!

Thanks,

~malcolm

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