(Sept. 2009) City CarShare Increases Transit Options for Bay Bridge Closure

(San Francisco, CA) September 3, 2009 – Once again this year, the Bay Bridge will be closed to traffic on Labor Day weekend from 8 p.m. Thursday, September 3 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 9. But for those who need a car to get around on the other side of the Bay, City CarShare is an option. With cars conveniently located at BART stations on both sides of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito and Daly City, City CarShare members can ride BART to get across the Bay, pick-up a car on the other side and be on their way. For those taking a scenic ferry to San Francisco, picking up a City CarShare vehicle in the Embarcadero Center is also an option. 
During the closure, BART will operate 24-hour service. Pairing this around-the-clock service with 24/7 hourly access to City CarShare’s fuel-efficient vehicles offers convenient mobility during the closure. City CarShare’s hourly-access to cars, trucks and vans always includes gas, insurance and maintenance, making it a compelling reason to never drive across the Bay Bridge again. By increasing their use of alternative transit such as biking, walking and pubic transit, City CarShare members drive 47% less after they join. Since 2001, City CarShare members have collectively saved 100 million miles driven on Bay Area roads and over 130 million pounds of CO2. This Labor Day weekend is business as usual for City CarShare, whose service offers and encourages year round solutions to getting around without crossing the Bay Bridge. This reduces congestion and is a component of a transit-oriented Bay Area. 

About City CarShare: City CarShare (CCS) is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage. With a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our cities, City CarShare continually strives to make their service so convenient, so reliable, and so affordable that people will prefer using a CCS car to owning their own. In doing so, CCS members are helping to reduce traffic, parking problems, and dependence on oil–while promoting cleaner air, quieter streets, and more open space. For more information about membership and current promotions visitwww.citycarshare.org. Contact: Anita Daley (415) 970-6217