Ok. It’s late. I missed my regular train on account of a poorly synchronized tavern clock, and had to take the late train. Im tired and a Bay Bridge story Ive been working on for weeks deprived me of the chance to write about how a $2.9 million security grant for BART might be spent.
So that leaves me with car sharing.
I received an e-mail recently from City CarShare inviting me to blog about their by-the-hour, keyless and paperless car rental service is a great way to avoid the hassles of the Labor Day weekend Bay Bridge lower deck closure. While they can be expected to promote their product no matter what, I believe theyve got a valid point here.
point here. Face it, we either just dont like transit or we have all kinds of reasons why transit wont work for us, especially on the weekend.
With car sharing, its like having your own private cab, only cheaper. And while I certainly want to give City CarShare credit for exploiting Caltrans closure plans first, I would be remiss if I didnt mention that two other car sharing services, Flexcar and Zipcar, also have their cars parked on both sides of the bridge and Transbay Tube. But you only have a week to sign up before the main vein out of the city is clamped off for three days.
Some of the services require a deposit, while others charge a higher hourly fee. They also require that you be an adult with five years of driving under your belt. Even when the bridge is open, many drivers are discovering that its a neat safety valve if you rely on transit for commuting. Ive been out in the dark in downtown Oakland, wishing I could drive off in one of these incidental rentals. If youve been meaning to try it, as I have, but keep putting off joining, as I have, the Bay Bridge closure may be the kick in the pants you needed.