HOURCAR is a nonprofit program that provides members with hourly access to a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles. Once you become a member, you reserve any car you like in advance and drive it for as long as your reservation. HOURCAR is reservations-based, so you know that your car will be waiting for you when you want it (kinda nice when your arms are full of groceries and it’s 5 below zero!) It is not like car pooling—you generally will not commute from far-flung suburbs in an HOURCAR and you don’t have to shuttle passengers. It is not like car rental because you pick up and drop off the vehicle at the same designated HOURCAR parking space in your neighborhood, it’s available 24/7, and after your initial new member processing there’s no paperwork involved. You can reserve a vehicle for as little as 30 minutes or as long as three days.
Car sharing is a key part of a less expensive, low-polluting, healthy transportation lifestyle. It complements other forms of transportation such as walking, biking, transit and taxicabs.