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City CarShare launches partnership with UC Berkeley

31 January 2003

BERKELEY - The ads say "Drivers Wanted." But if it's wheels you want instead, you could get the use of a shiny green VW Beetle through a new partnership between UC Berkeley and City CarShare.

City CarShare Beetle
VW Beetles like this one will be stationed in two lots near the UC Berkeley campus through a partnership with City CarShare. (Steve McConnell photo)

The nonprofit City CarShare is adding two Cal-based cars to its Bay Area fleet for UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff who want the occasional use of a car without the expense or waste of owning one.

CarShare members can reserve the cars — for an hour, an afternoon or a day — by computer or phone, and then pay only hourly usage and mileage charges. Membership requires a $300 refundable deposit (waived for students) and a $30 application fee.

The Cal cars will be based in the Upper Hearst parking lot on the north side of campus and the Dana/Durant lot on the south side. City CarShare already has roughly 80 cars throughout the Bay Area in other "pods" in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and Palo Alto.

City CarShare representatives will visit Sproul Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, offering a peek inside one of the company's signature green Beetles as well as information on becoming a CarShare member.