Zipcar and DART Bring Car Sharing To Rail Customers
Mar 02, 2015 05:48PM
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) are teaming to add two Zipcars along the transit line at the Mockingbird Station in an effort to provide even more convenient and simple transportation options to Zipcar’s growing Texas market. The new location will help residents, students, businesses and visitors to get around by combining DART and Zipcar trips to explore the greater Dallas area.
The new Zipcars now offer transit riders a trusted option for “wheels when you want them” along their transit trip. The availability of Zipcar allows members increased access to these communities and encourages the use of public transportation by providing a cost-effective and convenient travel option for transit riders whose destination is not easily reached by other means from the DART station.
“The Zipcar connection helps make DART a more convenient option for customers needing a way to start or complete their trip,” says Nevin Grinnell, DART vice president of marketing and communications. “We are looking forward to further enabling residents and visitors get out and explore the area.”
Zipcar launched in Dallas in September 2014 with 25 vehicles. Since then, the program has grown to more than 40 Zipcars, including a wide variety of makes and models from BMWs to hybrids and pickups, making it easy to select the right vehicle for any trip.
“We know that many Zipcar members combine their Ziptrips with other transportation options such as biking, walking and public transit to get around,” says Catie Clemens, market manager of Zipcar. “We are pleased that this partnership will provide even more access to both downtown Dallas and beyond, and look forward to growing our relationship with DART.”
Zipcars can be reserved on Zipcar’s mobile app, online or over the phone. The new Zipcar vehicles are available for reservation 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Rates start as low as $8 per hour and $69 per day, and include the cost of gas, a reserved parking spot, insurance, roadside assistance and up to 180 miles per day.
DART joins pioneering transportation organizations across the North America that have partnered with Zipcar to bridge the “last mile” of transit trips. These organizations include: San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Chicago Transit Authority, King County Metro Transit in Seattle, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority , Washington Area Metro Transit Authority and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority among others.
Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and France. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the public transit agency for Dallas and 12 surrounding cities providing bus, light rail, commuter rail and paratransit for customers with mobility challenges, serving more than 250,000 daily customers throughout a 700-square mile service area. DART operates the longest light rail system in the United States (90 miles) and co-owns the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail linking downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.