Second car-sharing vehicle now available at Gateway ramp

A second HOURCAR has been placed in the Gateway ramp, a location convenient to many City employees who work downtown and need occasional access to a car during their workday.  

The City of Minneapolis uses HOURCAR, a nonprofit car-sharing program, for pool car services to save money, reduce pollution and provide employees with access to a car to get to meetings or conduct City business away from their usual workday location. Thanks to pool car access, City employees who typically commute by bus, train, walking, bicycling or carpooling don’t have to drive to work on days when a car may be needed for work purposes.

HOURCAR is a nonprofit car-sharing program that provides members with hourly access to a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles. HOURCAR cars are stationed at different hubs around Minneapolis, and the closest one to City Hall is in the Gateway parking ramp, located at Third Street and Fifth Avenue South. Members may sign out available cars at any of the hubs, so if you live near an HOURCAR hub you can access a car near your home when appropriate.

To sign up for HOURCAR:

If your department or division is already enrolled, you can visit www.hourcar.org/join and complete the additional driver application to join your department’s account. These departments and divisions are already enrolled: Assessor's Office; City Council Offices for Wards 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13; Civil Rights; Communications; Coordinator's Office; Emergency Communications; Grants and Special Projects; Finance; Human Resources; Internal Audit; Neighborhood and Community Relations; Public Works Administration; Regulatory Services - Environmental Management; Regulatory Services - Healthy Homes/Lead Hazard Control; and Risk Management.

If your department is not enrolled, a department representative can contact Gary Dahl at Gary.Dahl@minneapolismn.gov or 673-5735 for help enrolling the department. Once a department has an account, individual employees can visit www.hourcar.org/join and complete the additional driver application.

To join, each individual must register online, undergo a driver’s background check and watch a short online tutorial on how to use HOURCAR services. Once you are signed up for HOURCAR and receive your key fob, it’s easy: make HOURCAR reservations in about 30 seconds online or through a 24-hour call center. With a reservation, you can let yourself into an HOURCAR and be on your way immediately.

For more information about HOURCAR, visit www.hourcar.org/about/frequently-asked-questions.

Healthy, low-cost ways to get to meetings and events:

Biking

From April to November, the Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing program is a great option for City employees who need to get to locations in Downtown, Uptown, the university area or anywhere near more than 100 Nice Ride bike stations. It’s also a great option for getting some exercise at lunchtime.

Special reduced rates for City employees have been offered in past years.  Watch for 2012 information in the spring.

Walking

It can be surprising how fast walking is – especially where parking can be a problem. If walking doesn’t take you as far as quickly as you need, it pairs perfectly with transit or with Nice Ride.

 

Published Jan 4, 2012