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Carsharing: Increasing Rural Transportation Options in the Great Central Valley

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Abstract: In the Great Valley Center’s Spring 2000 report, the Survey of Current Area Needs (SCAN), access to services (especially related to healthcare) was consistently cited as an issue facing communities in California’s Central Valley. Many Valley communities are isolated from important services and opportunities and lack the resources needed to provide transportation for low-income residents. Personal car ownership, regardless of cost, is often the only source of transportation for rural residents. Carsharing, one alternative transit option, started in Europe and is gaining ground in the United States and Canada. It is best thought of as a form of short-term car rental. While carsharing is primarily an alternative to a second car or a link between transit modes in urban environments, it may provide another option for rural residents.

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