DCHA MENU

Mayor Vincent Gray, the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA) and Zipcar today announced that Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, is expanding the availability of car sharing to DCHA public housing sites across the District to provide alternative transportation options for local residents.

As part of the new program, Zipcar will place nine new car-sharing vehicles at DCHA locations in Wards three, six, seven and eight for use by local residents. DCHA and Zipcar collaborated to determine the best locations for the new vehicles in areas with high foot traffic and access to public transportation. Starting today, the new Zipcars can be found at the Stoddert Terrace and Greenleaf Gardens locations. The remaining locations will be available July 1:

• Ward 3: Regency House on 5201 Connecticut Avenue NW
• Ward 6: Greenleaf Gardens on 1200 Delaware Avenue SW and Potomac Gardens Senior on 1225 G Street SE
• Ward 7: Stoddert Terrace on 155 Ridge Road SE
• Ward 8: Elvans Road at 2440 Elvans Road SE and Knox Hill on 2700 Jasper Street SE

“We are committed to providing both affordable housing and transportation options for all D.C. residents. This partnership between DCHA and Zipcar will go a long way to meet the needs of our public housing residents and the community in these new locations,” said Mayor Gray.

“The lack of flexible transportation options can hinder our residents’ efforts to become more self-sufficient, such as being able to reach a job interview for a company that is inaccessible by public transportation. Part of our role, as the largest landlord in the District, includes making sure our tenants have access to convenient and cost-effective modes of transportation,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “The addition of Zipcar vehicles at DCHA locations will help make it easier for residents who don’t own cars to get where they need to go with an option that is flexible, affordable and sustainable.”

An alternative to car ownership, Zipcars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for several days. Gas, reserved parking spots, insurance, roadside assistance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates, which start as low $8 per hour and $74 per day (24 hours) in Washington D.C. National studies have shown that, depending on total distance driven, a car-sharing program can save members up to 70 percent of their total transportation costs.

“We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to community development by expanding the availability of car sharing to more residents. We already have a number of vehicles in the neighborhoods near these new locations and they are among some of our best performing cars,” said Ellice Perez, General Manager, Zipcar D.C. “We hope the addition of Zipcars at these public housing developments will benefit DCHA residents by providing access to wheels when they want them, whether they need to go to a doctor’s appointment or run an errand.”

Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with more than 700,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. For more information, including how to become a Zipcar member in Washington, D.C., visit www.zipcar.com.

Showing off a BIG Zipcard are (l to r):  Kenneth Council, President of the Ft. Dupont Resident Council, Mayor Vincent Gray, Ellice Perez, General Manager of Zipcar DC, and Adrianne Todman, Executive Director of DC Housing Authority.
Showing off a BIG Zipcard are (l to r):  Kenneth Council, President of the Ft. Dupont Resident Council, Mayor Vincent Gray, Ellice Perez, General Manager of Zipcar DC, and Adrianne Todman, Executive Director of DC Housing Authority.
Last modified: 12/29/2014 9:08:44 PM