Sunday, September 25, 2011

Car-Share Program to Launch in Downtown Boise

Posted By on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM

A downtown car-sharing initiative could be launched as early as Oct. 1 through the Downtown Boise Association, in cooperation with Capital City Development Corporation and the city of Boise. The pilot program is a partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car's WeCar program.

"We will start with two cars, and as membership grows, the service will grow," Karen Sander, DBA executive director, told Citydesk. "It could be the entire city of Boise; it could be 100 people."

The service will begin with a Nissan Cube and a Jeep Compass, but DBA may consider more vehicles in the future.

"If it makes sense, they will look into having a hybrid," said Sander.

For the first month of the program, one car will be located on the street and then moved to a parking garage, while the other car will remain at the intersection of Eighth and Jefferson streets. Sander said the DBA hopes that increased visibility during the first month of the program will encourage Boise residents to sign up for membership.

Participants would pay an annual fee of $35, then pay by the hour to reserve a vehicle for local trips. The cost of each trip includes gas, insurance and mileage up to 200 miles per day.

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