Community Car Systems

Oct 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Youth Blog

The Arizona Republic recently published a front page article on community car systems. According to the article, 2 local universities, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are investing in these systems for the budget-conscious and the eco-friendly. As the article describes it, community car systems are essentially time shares. By paying an annual set fee along with an hourly price, people can have access to a car, parked in an easy access car lot. The idea is European but has molded well to the American way of life. Especially in big cities where public transport is efficient and accessible, this idea has really caught on. Zipcar, the company that currently operates in the Phoenix area, is a Boston-based company which has over 400,000 members in the US, Canada, and England. Rather than spending the estimated $6000 to maintain a family car for a single year, people are able to reserve a car when they want it and where they want it. Those who sign up for the service are able to get insurance coverage, gas, emergency roadside assistance and up to 180 miles of road travel per day.

Surprisingly, I have actually come across this topic before. While vacationing in New York City, I met a woman who used one of these systems. She told me how convenient it was as living in the city meant that a regular car would be a waste. All in all, the idea is really catching on. As baby boomers and the Millennial generation increasingly move into urban areas, they are abandoning their vehicles. Transit is much easier and faster of a method for these folks who no longer have a car. And along with Transit, community car systems are an excellent way to not only save money –but to help the environment by living green.

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