HOURCAR is happy to introduce you to your Fleet Team: our Fleet Manager, Meredith, and our Fleet Assistants, Drew & Justin. These superstars have been out jump-starting vehicles and keeping HOURCAR running in the cold weather. They work hard to keep all 73 HOURCAR vehicles on the road, no matter how brutal our winter gets.
Thanks to a partnership among HOURCAR's parent organization the Neighborhood Energy Connection, the City of Saint Paul, and Xcel Energy, two new plug-in hybrid vehicles are being added to HOURCAR's downtown Saint Paul fleet. A silver Toyota Prius joins the existing HOURCAR vehicle at the TPT hub and is available for reservations immediately. A red Toyota Prius will be launched shortly at the new Lawson hub.
HOURCAR announces the introduction of a student rate plan available to all undergraduate college students. Many college students’ lifestyles are well-suited to membership in a car-sharing organization: urban college campuses throughout the Twin Cities are located in walkable, bike-friendly, and transit-rich neighborhoods where students can easily meet their daily needs without a car.
HOURCAR’s new hub has opened in the Southeast Como neighborhood of Minneapolis! The hub is at Van Cleve Park, on the corner of Rollins Avenue SE and 15th Avenue SE. Bus route #3 passes by this hub and bike parking is available at the park.
The newest addition to our fleet, the HOURCAR truck, is in action. Based at the Macalester College hub location, the Ford Ranger is the first pickup truck and the 28th vehicle in the HOURCAR fleet. A second truck will join the fleet in the coming months, placed at or near an existing HOURCAR location in Minneapolis.
The HOURCAR truck is poised to haul compost, furniture and more. HOURCAR staff’s first haul was a donation to Second Harvest Heartland of food collected in every HOURCAR vehicle over the holiday season.
HOURCAR announces the launch of its 27th shared vehicle in the Twin Cities. The car, a red 2010 Honda Fit, is located at HOURCAR’s newest hub near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Victoria Street in Saint Paul.
With Grand Avenue’s many amenities and services within walking and bicycling distance and easy access to regular transit service, neighborhood residents and visitors will now be able to rely on multiple modes of transportation and have access to a vehicle when they need one.
Altenhoff isn’t a car owner, or a car thief. He’s quietly taking part in a Twin Cities revolution that is sneaking up on an impressive milestone.
Begun five years ago … Hourcar (www.hourcar.org) provides hourly access to a fleet of cars that are way cleaner than mine. The nonprofit, run by the St. Paul-based Neighborhood Energy Connection, is closing in on its 1,000th member.
For most of us, the prospect of not owning an automobile is simply beyond the realm of consideration. And while people who live on the outskirts of the Twin Cities may indeed be car dependent, the good news is that for those of us who live and work in the urban core, the prospect of being a non-car owner is not only becoming viable, it is actually becoming an attractive alternative that more people should consider.