Carsharing program in Surrey benefits environment, lifestyle and pocketbook
April 30, 2014
Surrey, BC — The City of Surrey and Modo The Car Co-op have partnered to offer carsharing as a viable transportation option in Surrey’s downtown core. Carsharing, a model of car rental where vehicles are booked by the hour or day, is part of a City of Surrey program, and its benefits meet several of the City’s sustainability goals, including providing more environmentally and economically sustainable transportation options for both City staff and residents.
“Carsharing is a component of the City’s multi-modal transportation strategy and it also supports our sustainability goals,” says City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “We are building liveable, sustainable communities, and a key to this is attractive, low carbon transportation options. Carsharing alleviates the need for some residents to own vehicles, and this cost savings provides the incentive to commit to using alternative forms of transportation whenever possible.”
The City has implemented carsharing in part to help meet the City’s corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal by 20% below baseline levels before 2020.
• In addition to the City’s private fleet of five fully electric vehicles, which are managed by Modo's carsharing technology, City staff have access to Modo’s entire network of 315 vehicles across Metro Vancouver.
• The City’s zero-emission electric vehicles, which replace 12 gasoline vehicles within the City's corporate fleet, and the corporate carsharing scheme have increased operational efficiencies for the City by streamlining and ‘greening’ its fleet of vehicles to move staff and goods.
Carsharing has the additional benefit to Surrey residents of creating a cost-saving alternative to car ownership while offering environmental and sustainability benefits.
“Carsharing in urban communities is a proven mode of alternative transportation,” says Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Sustainability Committee. “Carsharing can reduce traffic congestion and personal vehicle GHGs, as carshare users tend to drive less than car owners and utilize public transit more.”
The Modo public fleet of carsharing vehicles in Surrey has doubled from four to eight vehicles and can be found at the following locations:
o Surrey Central SkyTrain
Red Toyota Prius
Yellow Fiat 500
Blue Toyota Matrix
o Gateway SkyTrain
Red Dodge Grand Caravan
o Surrey Eye Care Centre (temporary location)
Blue Nissan Versa Note
Blue Toyota Prius C
o North Surrey Recreation Centre
Red Toyota Prius C
Grey Nissan Sentra
It’s no coincidence that Modo’s carsharing vehicles are located so close to the Skytrain line.
“Carsharing and public transit go hand in hand,” says Modo’s Executive Director Phil Baudin. “We look forward to seeing rapid transit infrastructure grow in Surrey to pave the way for more car sharing vehicles. Then more residents will have the option to consider getting rid of a car.”
The City of Surrey’s Green Fleet consists of six Nissan Leaf 100% electric passenger vehicles and four compressed natural gas medium-duty pickup trucks. The City is also home to 15 electric vehicle charging stations.
Modo is a Vancouver-based carshare co-operative with 17 years of experience, and the first English-speaking carshare in the world. Its fleet of more than 300 vehicles are located throughout Metro Vancouver, including eight in Surrey, near Gateway and Surrey Central Skytrain stations. More than 40 per cent of Modo members report getting rid of a car within a year of joining, for a cost savings of between $5,000–$12,000 per year. It’s estimated that one Modo vehicle takes as many as 13 private vehicles off the road.
Further information on the program can be found at http://www.modo.coop.
For media inquiries:
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
For program information:
Modo The Car Co-op
Office: 604.685.1395 / Cell: 778-896-0840