Two WestLake Park and Eldridge Oaks join program that makes it easier to use alternative transportation
The Energy Corridor District is expanding its budding Enterprise CarShare program, opening two additional locations to provide cars at work for commuters taking alternative transportation to and from The Energy Corridor.
The new sites at 580 WestLake Park Blvd. and 1080 Eldridge Parkway will double the District’s CarShare locations in The Energy Corridor and serve tenants in two sizeable office buildings: Two WestLake Park, a 17-story office building managed by Hicks Ventures, and the 14-story Eldridge Oaks office tower, 1080 Eldridge Parkway, managed by Transwestern.
“Whether you vanpool, carpool, bike, ride the bus or walk to the office, our CarShare program provides cost-effective access to a vehicle so you have wheels when you want them,” explains Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “It’s easy to reserve online and pay only for hours used.”
Fuel, physical damage/liability protection and 24/7 roadside and member assistance are included with CarShare memberships. Vehicles are easily reserved online without the need for rental agents, making the process quick and convenient, explains Rector.
Plus, The District offers CarShare members several ways to earn free driving credits. For a limited time, commuters can receive $25 in driving credits when they join for $25. Visit The District’s CarShare Rewards page to learn more.
The program is designed to encourage the use of alternative transportation by overcoming a primary concern commuters voice about leaving their vehicles at home – having a car available at work when the need arises. That, according to a transit study conducted by The District, is why 24 percent of Energy Corridor workers were hesitant to try alternative transportation.
“CarShare eliminates a huge obstacle for people hesitant to try vanpooling, carpooling or other alternative ways to get to work because they don’t want to feel stranded,” says Donna Callan, senior property manager, management services for Transwestern. “We’re excited to partner with The Energy Corridor District because we want to support our community by doing what we can to encourage alternative transportation and environmental sustainability. Transwestern is very focused on energy efficiency and LEED certification with its properties.”
Eldridge Oaks is a LEED Gold-certified facility and Two WestLake Park is a LEED Silver-certified facility. Encouraging alternative transportation programs such as hosting a CarShare site can count toward LEED certification, explains Rector.
“One of our goals at Hicks Ventures is to add value for our customers and their employees,” explains Andrew Hoyns, vice president/senior property manager for Hicks. “The new CarShare site will be an amenity that encourages environmental responsibility and gives people convenient options and flexibility when it comes to commuting to work.”
Good deal for commuters and office owners
Using CarShare in conjunction with alternative commuting can be a good deal financially, Rector says, both for commuters as well as for property owners.
“Commuters can cut the costs of fuel, maintenance, and wear and tear on personal vehicles,” she says. “It’s much easier to join a carpool or vanpool into The Energy Corridor with four CarShare locations that have vehicles ready when you need to run an errand, visit your kid’s school, run to a meeting or even work late at the office.”
The benefits, says Rector, extend to property owners and the community at large.
“Programs like The District’s CarShare can help reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and the need to build costly roads and parking facilities,” she explains.
The two new CarShare locations join The District’s other sites at Eldridge Place, 777 N. Eldridge Parkway, and Ashford V Plaza, 14701 St. Mary’s Lane.
“We invite everyone in The Energy Corridor to enjoy a CarShare experience,” says Rector, who uses the program when she commutes to work via bicycle and bus.
Funded in part by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Federal grant, The District’s Enterprise CarShare project partners with area property managers and employers, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), the Federal Transportation Administration, METRO and Nuride.
For more information on CarShare and other commuter solutions in The Energy Corridor, visit http://www.energycorridor.org/commuter-solutions.