ROCHESTER, Minn.- In May of 2019, HourCar responded to an RFP from Rochester and was chosen to introduce a new car-sharing program to the community. HourCar is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Saint Paul.
On December 9th, they will release a fleet of 5 cars into the Med City. It comes at a cost though, the first year the city will pay a maximum of $50,000. The second year will be $20,000, along with a 3 thousand dollar start-up fee. The funds will come from the city’s Enterprise Parking Fund.
The goal of the new program, according to the city, is to do the following:
• Increase availability of short-term transportation at an affordable cost;
• Strategically decentralize a fleet of well maintained, environmentally-friendly vehicles to an array of convenient locations throughout the City;
• Increase the use of public transit, bicycling and/or walking as transportation for some trips;
• Decrease parking demand in neighborhoods; and
• Reduce vehicle miles traveled, emissions of greenhouse gas and harmful emissions, congestion, and parking congestion.
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