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HOURCAR News

April 10, 2014

HOURCAR has expanded its presence at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to include an HOURCAR hub on the University’s Saint Paul campus. The Saint Paul campus hub is located in Lot 101, a surface parking lot at 2043 Commonwealth Avenue.

This new HOURCAR location houses a red Honda Fit, labelled HOURCAR #53.

April 9, 2014

HOURCAR opened a new hub today at Mill & Main Apartments in the Saint Anthony Falls area of Minneapolis. This new hub features a red Fiat 500, labeled HOURCAR #42. The HOURCAR is parked directly in front of Mill & Main, at 501 SE Main Street.

HOURCAR members have been excited to have another hub in this area, so we are pleased to partner with Mill & Main to make it possible.

March 28, 2014

HOURCAR members have enjoyed using daily rates on some of our cars for years. Most HOURCAR trips are still shorter trips here in the Twin Cities, but occasionally it’s nice to get out of town—we’ve had members use daily rates to take HOURCARs to Duluth, Wisconsin, and Chicago (and send us some great pictures of their travels!).

Effective this week, we’re expanding the number of HOURCARs on which daily rates are available. All HOURCARs in the downtown Minneapolis, Elliot Park, Loring Park, Stevens Square, Whittier, Lowry Hill, and Uptown neighborhoods will now have daily rates.

March 24, 2014

HOURCAR is hiring part-time positions. Apply or help us spread the word! The links below will take you to the job descriptions on the Neighborhood Energy Connection’s website.

Street Team Member

Weekend Member Services Assistant

March 24, 2014

Do you work for or know a nonprofit organization that could use car sharing? Check out HOURCAR’s great nonprofit rates.

We’re available to come out to your office and present a free HOURCAR Lunch & Learn to staff. In 30 minutes, we’ll go over all the benefits of being an HOURCAR nonprofit member, pricing, and answer any questions you may have. Plus we’ll bring your office some nifty HOURCAR coffee mugs.

To schedule an HOURCAR Lunch & Learn contact Scott at 651.221.4462, ext. 109 or email him.

December 12, 2013

HOURCAR is pleased to announce the expansion of our fleet to include five vehicles in on-street locations in Minneapolis. This expansion brings the total number of vehicles in HOURCAR’s fleet to 65 cars throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

October 8, 2013

HOURCAR’s expansion continues with the launch of a new HOURCAR hub near the intersection of University & Fairview Avenues in Saint Paul. This hub is next to the future Fairview Avenue stop on the Green Line light rail and continues HOURCAR’s expansion along the light rail line.

The University & Fairview HOURCAR hub is hosted by Episcopal Homes. It is located in the parking lot next to 1830 University Avenue West. HOURCAR thanks Episcopal Homes for their support!

This new HOURCAR hub is made possible by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

September 26, 2013

HOURCAR launched its new University & Raymond hub today in Saint Paul. The hub, home to a red Toyota Prius (HOURCAR #59), is behind 2388 University Avenue West, in the C&E Lofts parking lot. The reserved HOURCAR parking spot is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot, near the the intersection of Raymond Avenue & Myrtle Avenue.

September 10, 2013

[See the video of this story on Kare11.com]

MINNEAPOLIS – By bus, or train, even bicycle, transportation in the Twin Cities has dramatically changed in the last decade and thanks to car sharing programs, those without vehicles are finding it even easier to be car-free.

“Car sharing to me is another one of those pieces that fills in the picture of living car free in Minnesota,” said Hour Car customer Nick Rosencrans.

Rosencrans is one of 2,000 members of Twin Cities based Hour Car

August 19, 2013

[See the video of this story on kstp.com.]

Jill Bernard is in the process of reserving an “HourCar.”

“What’s nice about this neighborhood is that if this car is not available there’s probably 2 or 3 with walking distance that are,” Bernard said.

Bernard says, it’s all about convenience.

“For someone who has always relied on public transportation you’re always watching the clock.