This April 2013, when a carpooler, vanpooler, bicyclist or bus rider commuting to work at The Energy Corridor’s Eldridge Place needs to run an errand, go to the doctor, or pick up some groceries, they won’t have to worry about not having a car at work.
Instead, they’ll be able to stroll down to a parking garage and grab the keys to a shared vehicle. It’s all part of The Energy Corridor’s novel Car Share program designed to reduce traffic congestion by giving commuters mobility options at work. BehringerHarvard’s Eldridge Place will be the first Car Share site for project sponsor The Energy Corridor District.
Months in planning, the program offers a unique way for people using carpooling and other traffic-mitigating programs to borrow a shared car while at work, making an office-day trip to the dentist possible. With 823,000 square feet of Class A offices filled with thousands of employees, Eldridge Place makes an ideal launching pad for The Energy Corridor’s pioneering Car Share partnership.
“We expect the shared vehicles to be an especially helpful amenity for those who use public transportation or share a ride to work,” explains BehringerHarvard’s Regional Portfolio Director, Debbie Fujimoto. “Car Share will benefit tenants, area workers and residents by helping to reduce traffic congestion during peak hours and greenhouse gas emissions. BehringerHarvard is looking forward to hosting the first Energy Corridor Car Share Project vehicles at our Eldridge Place property.”
The vehicles – supplied by Enterprise Car Share – will be available at a subsidized rate to commuters who do not bring their car to work. Enterprise is also providing the technology that makes it easy to locate, reserve and access a shared car online without calling a reservation agent. The cars will be conveniently stationed at designated parking spaces at Eldridge Place.
The Energy Corridor District and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, through grant funds provided by the Federal Transportation Administration, are providing financial incentives in the form of reduced Car Share cost and free hourly rental driving credits.
By providing shared vehicles in one of Houston’s burgeoning business centers, The Energy Corridor District hopes to encourage more commuters to use public transportation, vanpools, carpools or bicycles to get to work. The idea, explains Clark Martinson, General Manager of The Energy Corridor District, is to reduce traffic congestion during the peak driving periods.
More Car Share sites will be put into action as the need and demand arise in The Energy Corridor, says Martinson.