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Car sharing program to launch in Albany

ALBANY -- A car sharing program is scheduled to launch next month in downtown Albany. Capital Car Share, a non-profit organization, hopes it will alleviate some parking issues and save residents money as it seeks donations for a marketing campaign.

"Center Square is a perfect example parking is an issue on one hand, but you can walk where you need to on a daily basis, you can walk to work, so it's great if you can have access to a car, but only pay for it when you need it," said Creighton Randall, Capital CarShare's Startup Manager.

The service cost between $8 and $11 an hour plus a monthly fee and mileage in some cases. It includes access to a compact car, gas, insurance and tax.
Residents who drive less than 3,500 miles a year will likely save the most money.

"This is going to give people the opportunity to give up a car, save some money, use that money to go on vacation, spend money in the city, help people both ways," said Jennifer Ceponis, a member of Capital CarShare's board of directors.

The University at Albany has a similar car share effort aimed at students. A spokesperson said its contract with Hertz Rent-a-Car, which manages the program, will expire this month and it is still working on a replacement.

Capital CarShare is launching in the high-density neighborhoods of Arbor Hill, Center Square, Park South and Pine Hills. Exact parking locations have not been announced.

If the program is successful, it could expand to other neighborhoods or cities. Its business plan reviewed sites in Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and Troy.
Capital CarShare is currently working to raise $20,000 to purchase vehicles, market the program and hire staff. To donate or learn more, click here.

"We're looking for people to contribute," said Randall. "Maybe put down their first three months membership or even be adventurous and purchase a lifetime membership if they really want to support us."
 
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