New car share program launches in Energy Corridor

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It's no secret that Houston is known for its traffic. But one program is hoping to alleviate that one car at a time. It's only available right now in the Energy Corridor, but if it takes off, it could be available in other areas of Houston.

Kelly Rector takes advantage of the Car Share program, every chance she gets.

"I frequently have meetings off-site, and have to do events. And on the days I bike and bus to work, having Car Share is incredibly valuable," Rector said.

Not only is Rector a user of the program, but she is also the transportation coordinator for the Energy Corridor. She says anyone can sign up to use the program. Once registered, you'll receive this card that's equipped with a smart chip.

"Approach the vehicle when it's time for your reservation. And your membership card would give you access to the vehicle," Rector said.

Just swipe the card over the sensor on the windshield to unlock the doors. The keys are inside so just start it up and you're on your way. It's the type of program the city of Houston hopes to grow.

"This type of car share program will allow people to use transit, to get to and from work. And once they're here, they can get around or run errands or get out to lunch, or go to meetings in the general area," said Maureen Crocker, assistant to Mayor Annise Parker.

Crocker says they wanted to test drive this program in the Energy Corridor first because of its rapid growth. She says it's just one of the many puzzle pieces to addressing traffic congestion.

"The planners out here are working hard to develop programs to address that problem," Crocker said.

"All eyes are on us to see how this thing works. It's very new so, we anticipate a good deal of growth in the next year or two," Rector said.

Now there is a cost to use the Car Share program. It's $9 an hour, which includes all fuel and liability protection. The organizers tell us if it's successful, they plan on adding more cars to their fleet. To lean more on how the program works, visit the Car Share Program website.
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