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City CarShare opens 24-hour service at Hacienda Business Park ceremony today

Original post made on Sep 11, 2013

City CarShare, the largest nonprofit car-sharing organization in North America will be announce a new car-sharing program for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley at an 11:30 a.m. presentation at Schneider-Electric, 5735 West Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton. The San Francisco-based nonprofit has developed the program, called Dash, in partnership with Toyota, giving people access to more than two dozen Scion iQ-EVs, Toyota's electric commuter car. The fleet will be kept in lots located in Hacienda Business Park and will be available 24 hours a day. Speakers sat this morning's launch ceremony will include Mayor Jerry Thorne, Rick Hutchinson, CEO for City CarShare; Craig Scott, Toyota North America, and

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Posted by OldTimer
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

If this is truly for the citizens of Pleasanton, why are all the cars in Hacienda Business Park? They should sprinkle some around town. The New Leaf market parket has plenty of room.


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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Valencia
on Sep 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

OldTimer - I assume there are at least two reasons...(1) Hacienda B-Park is walking distance from Bart and (2) they require electric car chargers - how many places would allow those to be installed and have cars permanently parked in those spots when not being used?


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Posted by OldTimer
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

Maggie, Thanks for proving my point. If folks live near BART, there are already many transit options -- or walking.

The city DOES have charging stations -- downtown, at the new Safeway that I have seen personally.

And obviously you are not a retailer. It is all about getting "traffic" near or in your stores. Charging stations and people meeting at them would be welcomed by retailers, restaurants of all sizes.


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Posted by right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Many in S.F., where this business is based, are very unhappy with this service model because it undercuts the business of the taxicab industry.
I wonder how many cabbies will be out of work as a result of this social engineering experiment?


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Posted by Michelle A. Cooper
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Michelle A. Cooper is a registered user.

OldTimer - good question I looked and found this about Hacienda Business Park:

Hacienda is the largest development of its kind in Northern California. Over 11 million square feet of existing, mixed-use space is occupied by some 550 companies that locally employ approximately 18,000 people.

So that seems to make sense to me, they want to give transportation options to those who use public transportation to get to and from work. I think it's a pretty cool idea, and wish I had this in the business park I work at in Palo Alto, I carpool so do not have my car most days, it would be nice to have a vehicle for lunch or errands/shopping. As of now I bring my lunch every day, it gets old ;-) It also may provide another indirect benefit, all those cooped up without transportation will get out and spend money at local restaurants and stores for errands and be able to utilize their lunch break more efficiently.

Regarding the idea of this taking the place of taxi cabs; as an employee in a business park who usually doesn't have a car I can say for myself, I would never consider taking a taxi to lunch or to run errands. That is me though.

Hope this program is successful! Great job Pleasanton.


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Posted by johannsf
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

I think you're confusing CityCarShare, a non-profit car-sharing service, with Uber, a for-profit ride-sharing program. I have not heard of any cab companies being bothered by car-sharing. As for opening in other locations - the system works best in densely populated areas. If you have to travel too far to get to a pod, you've defeated the purpose of the system.