Back when this websites owner started her Los Angeles based carshare program, LAXCarshare, she engaged the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood and transportation leader, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (LACMTA) about starting their own carshare, utilizing their own resources. Landscape activist, Glen Dake, posed this question on twitter today “Does Eric Garcetti have a big enough vision for L.A.“? No, but here’s an idea he can have for free.
All of the above, with the exception of LACMTA, have implemented carshare programs in their city, and instead of starting their own, they opted to contract with Zipcar, aka Avis Rental Car, to provide service to a limited amount of city residents. Most notably, the vendor City of Los Angeles awarded the permanent contract to, bailed on them.
Related article: Hertz reneges on providing carshare services to City of Los Angeles
The idea LAXCarShare brought to the table was for the cities to better utilize their current fleet, in order to create a new revenue streams, along with creating jobs for local residents, to address the LA county regions congestion issues.
Hopefully new LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds reads this blog and can envision how the city can make better use of their cars and get the ball rolling. A city owned and operated carshare program does multiple things:
– Alleviates the need to select a provider;
– Removes need to privatize city parking spaces since the Streetsblog Network finds that method doesn’t work;
– Creates city jobs by having a department focused on providing fleet and member services;
– Utilization of Zipcar’s fleet management platform, which they lease to cities who want to run their own;
– A new revenue stream to continue providing city services
The best example of a self-sustaining, forward thinking carshare program, is located in Westwood, on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA was the first college in the nation, to implement an on campus carshare program, to compliment their successful Vanpool program. The UCLA program is aptly called “BruinCar“.
Perhaps this author should have been considered for the LADOT GM position LOL.