City Council Looks at Hollywood for Car-Sharing

Monday, September 26, 2005, at 12:35PM

By Eric Richardson

If you've been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that I signed up for Flexcar in February. I last used the service back in April, when rate hikes made the service less affordable.

I still think the car-sharing idea is a good one, however, so I was very interested today to see in the Council referral email a motion by Eric Garcetti talking about creating a one-year pilot program in Hollywood (PDF).

Reading the motion text, though, it would seem the City's involvement would largely be in providing some visible parking. And they would then turn around and charge the companies a fee for upkeep of the sites. The only part that seems incentivized is the concept of dedicated on-street spots.

The motion asks DOT to report back in 30 days about the possibility of creating the pilot. Before that clock starts, though, the motion goes to the Council's Transportation Committee and then back to the full Council. Eventually, though, this could be a cool idea.