WeCar Launches in Eugene and Springfield

EUGENE, Ore. — A new local car sharing program was launched Thursday.

It’s the first one like it to be introduced in the Eugene-Springfield area.

The WeCar program aims to decrease the number of cars on the road.

Point2point Solutions and Lane Transit District teamed up with Enterprise in hopes of saving people some money while cutting back on energy use.

“When people who normally bike, walk, bus, for most of their daily activities, you might need some access to a vehicle for some errands or grocery store. They can access a vehicle for an hour here or hour there,” said Point2point Solutions coordinator Tracey Ellis.

The term WeCar is already being used at the University of Oregon.

But now the new way of transportation will be available to the general public starting on April 2.

“This provides that necessary mode that helps bridge the barrier between the people that don’t have access to a vehicle and need to have access to one,” Ellis said.
To rent a WeCar, you must be 21 and have a valid driver’s license.

“Insurance and minimum state liability are included with the price of the vehicle, as well as fuel, and with prices the way they are that is a good thing,” said Beth Wheeler with Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

The membership fee for WeCar is about $25. The standard plan is $8 every 200 miles or the basic plan, which is about $5 an hour.

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