The Houston-Galveston Area Council approved funding for a Car Share Program to be implemented at Energy Corridor area work sites. The goal of this program is to significantly mitigate roadway congestion by increasing the number of Energy Corridor workers that commute by any combination of alternative modes, such as carpooling/vanpooling, biking, walking or transit.
According to research, one of the largest obstacles preventing commuters from choosing alternative transportation is the occasional need for a vehicle at the work place. The project aims to overcome this obstacle by offering program rental cars with waived membership and application fees at various locations in The Energy Corridor. The vehicles will be available for that occasional workday errand or medical appointment, but also to respond to home emergencies.
Planning is underway to put the Car Share Program into operation early in 2013 using grant funds supplied by the Federal Transportation Administration and contributions by the Energy Corridor District. Alternative transportation commuters will be eligible to use program rental cars with waived membership and application fees. The vehicles will be available for hourly and overnight rental. The Energy Corridor District will contribute a limited number of free rental hours to project participants.
While the primary goal is to encourage more people to use alternative forms of commuting, individuals that currently participate in green travel options will also be eligible for the program, with the expectation that there will be an increased rate of alternative transportation trips.
More information, including program registration, vehicle locations, and program guidelines will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the program, want a shared vehicle at your work location, want to find out how to find a carpool, vanpool, bike buddy or bike route, or need transit information, please contact the Energy Corridor District’s Transportation Manager, John Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-759-3800.