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September 7, 2015

HOURCAR recently upgraded its vehicle technology to recognize the chips in Metro Transit Go-to cards. With this new technology, members who register their transit card with HOURCAR can now swipe their Go-To card, U-pass, Metropass, or College Pass to lock and unlock the doors of any HOURCAR vehicle.

March 28, 2014

HOURCAR members have enjoyed using daily rates on some of our cars for years. Most HOURCAR trips are still shorter trips here in the Twin Cities, but occasionally it’s nice to get out of town—we’ve had members use daily rates to take HOURCARs to Duluth, Wisconsin, and Chicago (and send us some great pictures of their travels!).

Effective this week, we’re expanding the number of HOURCARs on which daily rates are available. All HOURCARs in the downtown Minneapolis, Elliot Park, Loring Park, Stevens Square, Whittier, Lowry Hill, and Uptown neighborhoods will now have daily rates.

March 24, 2014

Do you work for or know a nonprofit organization that could use car sharing? Check out HOURCAR’s great nonprofit rates.

We’re available to come out to your office and present a free HOURCAR Lunch & Learn to staff. In 30 minutes, we’ll go over all the benefits of being an HOURCAR nonprofit member, pricing, and answer any questions you may have. Plus we’ll bring your office some nifty HOURCAR coffee mugs.

To schedule an HOURCAR Lunch & Learn contact Scott at 651.221.4462, ext. 109 or email him.

December 12, 2013

HOURCAR is pleased to announce the expansion of our fleet to include five vehicles in on-street locations in Minneapolis. This expansion brings the total number of vehicles in HOURCAR’s fleet to 65 cars throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

October 8, 2013

HOURCAR’s expansion continues with the launch of a new HOURCAR hub near the intersection of University & Fairview Avenues in Saint Paul. This hub is next to the future Fairview Avenue stop on the Green Line light rail and continues HOURCAR’s expansion along the light rail line.

The University & Fairview HOURCAR hub is hosted by Episcopal Homes. It is located in the parking lot next to 1830 University Avenue West. HOURCAR thanks Episcopal Homes for their support!

This new HOURCAR hub is made possible by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

September 26, 2013

HOURCAR launched its new University & Raymond hub today in Saint Paul. The hub, home to a red Toyota Prius (HOURCAR #59), is behind 2388 University Avenue West, in the C&E Lofts parking lot. The reserved HOURCAR parking spot is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot, near the the intersection of Raymond Avenue & Myrtle Avenue.

September 10, 2013

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MINNEAPOLIS – By bus, or train, even bicycle, transportation in the Twin Cities has dramatically changed in the last decade and thanks to car sharing programs, those without vehicles are finding it even easier to be car-free.

“Car sharing to me is another one of those pieces that fills in the picture of living car free in Minnesota,” said Hour Car customer Nick Rosencrans.

Rosencrans is one of 2,000 members of Twin Cities based Hour Car

August 19, 2013

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Jill Bernard is in the process of reserving an “HourCar.”

“What’s nice about this neighborhood is that if this car is not available there’s probably 2 or 3 with walking distance that are,” Bernard said.

Bernard says, it’s all about convenience.

“For someone who has always relied on public transportation you’re always watching the clock.

July 22, 2013

The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities has announced that it has selected HOURCAR to provide car sharing services on campus. Service begins August 1 with 10 new vehicles. Membership plans are now available for University students, faculty, staff and departments.

The 10 new HOURCARs at the University will be added to HOURCAR’s rapidly expanding fleet, which will now number more than 80 by early 2014.

June 20, 2013

HOURCAR announces the addition of eight new hubs to its network of locations throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The HOURCAR fleet now numbers 47 vehicles.

The HOURCAR hubs opening this week are the first round of an expansion funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation announced earlier this year. With the support of the McKnight Foundation and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, HOURCAR’s fleet will grow to 70 by early 2014.

“This is the beginning of a landmark growth spurt for car sharing in the Twin Cities,” reported HOURCAR spokesperson Christopher Bineham.