Car Sharing Could Come to Memphis This Year
Let's face it: getting around Memphis without a car can be kind of tough. It could get easier this year, though, if a resolution allowing car sharing services is passed by the City Council.
If it passes, services like ZipCar, which allow customers to rent cars for short-term errands could move into downtown Memphis.
(Note: your ZipCar will not look like this.)
ZipCar's rates seem designed for people living in dense urban areas who only occasionally need cars. I pulled the rates for New York City, and there are two plans: an "occasional driver" plan allows people to pay an annual membership fee ($60 plus $25 application fee) and then an hourly or day rate, and the regular user plan is $50 per month for more regular use (with no annual fee).
While Rhodes College has ZipCar service available for their students, it would be really nice to see car sharing come to Downtown (or midtown).
Car sharing would also be incredibly helpful to people visiting Memphis who don't want to rent a car for several days (or don't realize that it can be tough to see everything in the city without one). Short-term rental cars would allow visitors to see more of the city in an affordable, convenient way, especially if they already had a ZipCar membership in their hometown.
What do you think about car sharing in Memphis? Would you use it?