Energy Corridor commuters and residents now have a fifth Enterprise CarShare location that makes it easier and more rewarding to leave behind personal vehicles in favor of alternative transportation such as money- and stress-saving vanpools, carpools, METRO transit, biking or walking.
West Memorial Place, 15375 Memorial Drive, began offering an Enterprise CarShare vehicle in March. Spearheaded by The Energy Corridor District, the growing CarShare program provides commuters who take advantage of alternative transportation access to shared vehicles so they can run personal or work errands.
“CarShare gives people who use vanpools, carpools, buses, bicycles or their own two legs to get to work peace-of-mind that they can access an energy-efficient vehicle while at work, just in case they need to run an errand, meet a friend for lunch or check on a family emergency,” explains Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for The District.
Commuters using alternative transportation minimize wear-and-tear and maintenance costs on their vehicles, says Rector, while reducing the stress of driving in rush hour traffic.
The program is part of The District’s multifaceted efforts to reduce traffic congestion and mitigate air pollution in West Houston.
West Memorial Place, built by Skanksa USA, is one of the newest office campuses in West Houston. Served by METRO routes 75 and 162 – and next to Terry Hershey Park, with miles of hike and bike trails – it makes an ideal setting for The District’s latest CarShare location.
“Skanska is thrilled to join our Energy Corridor neighbors in offering the CarShare program at West Memorial Place,” says Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska USA Commercial Development in Houston. “One of the key draws to this Class-A office campus has been its unparalleled connectivity to the surrounding natural environment, with its unique access to the Terry Hershey Park hike and bike trails and METRO transit. “We feel that being a part of the CarShare program only enhances that connectivity by offering tenants easy access to a flexible, eco-friendly transit alternative,” explains Damborksy.
For commuters interested in CarShare and other ways to get to work without using personal vehicles, The District is hosting a Commuter Fair at West Memorial Place 11am-2pm Wednesday, March 29.
Making it easier to enjoy alternative transportation
“CarShare overcomes the number one reason people are reluctant to leave their cars at home,” Rector says. “Surveys say many commuters would be willing to take advantage of carpools, vanpools, transit and other alternative ways to get to work if only they had access to a vehicle while at work. With CarShare, you can conveniently grab a shared vehicle during the day or even take one home overnight.”
And if a workday family emergency looms, registered CarShare participants can use the vehicles at no cost. Even residents nearby CarShare installations can take advantage of the program.
Vehicles can be rented Monday through Friday for $9 per hour, and on weekends for $8 per hour “all in.” Fuel, physical damage/liability protection, vehicle maintenance, and 24/7 roadside and member assistance are all included.
The program is simple to use. There are no reservation agents to talk with, making the process quick and easy. CarShare members simply log on to the Enterprise CarShare web site with a Member ID, then select the day and time for their reservation. Swiping a membership card along the vehicle windshield unlocks the car.
The District now has five Enterprise CarShare locations:
− West Memorial Place, 15375 Memorial Drive.
− Ashford Place, 14701 St. Mary’s Lane, just southwest of I-10 and Dairy Ashford.
− Eldridge Oaks, 1080 Eldridge Parkway.
− Westlake Park campus, home to BP America, 570 Westlake Park Blvd.
− Eldridge Place, 777 N Eldridge Parkway.
Partners for The Energy Corridor’s CarShare Program include area property managers and employers, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), the Federal Transportation Administration, METRO, STAR Vanpool and Nuride.
For more information on CarShare and to sign up for the program, visit the commuter solutions page at www.energycorridor.org/carshare.