Hertz on Demand Car Sharing Program
More hourly rental cars available in Hoboken
Hertz on Demand formerly known as Connect by Hertz
This week, Hertz Corporation launched Connect By Hertz – a community car sharing program (also called “Corner Cars.”) Hertz is marketing this program as a way for current car owners who don’t use their cars regularly – as a way to “save thousands” of dollars a year, by using these hourly rental cars (which have dedicated parking spots on the street) – in lieu of the monthly lease, insurance, gas, maintenance and parking costs associated with car ownership.
Below is a brief promotional video and statement from Griff Long, Senior Director of Global Car Sharing with Connect by Hertz:
Will it free up parking? Zip Car has been here for years…
While Hoboken411 thinks this is an innovative program that takes the pain out of temporary car usage requirements – many other residents still have their doubts. The city recently said that this initial program will free up 750 parking spots based on “conservative estimates.”
“I think a good majority of the cars on the road today are leased, who is going to pay early lease penalties to use these cars?” said Jim, one downtown Hoboken resident. While Stacy, who lives uptown said “People love their cars, and the freedom of using them whenever and however they like. But this program will certainly appeal to those who don’t currently have a car.”
Steve, who calls midtown his home thinks “Officials at city hall drink too much Kool Aid. To say that nearly 1000 cars will be taken off the road is a Utopian pipe dream. You cannot force material individuals to buy into it.” Others are concerned with cleanliness like Bonnie who lives on Hudson Street, “I’d be a little skeeved out by garbage and germs left in the cars by whoever used it previously.” To address that fear, Hertz said the cars are maintained and cleaned every two weeks.
Uptown resident Melissa wants to give the program a chance, “Even if only 100 cars get off the road, that’s 50 more spaces for the rest of us. So it shouldn’t be too difficult to make this a positive solution for Hoboken.”
It should be noted that ZipCar has had a similar program in Hoboken for more than five years – with 43 vehicles available for residents to use. And many say parking and traffic in Hoboken has gotten progressively worse as more real estate developments are built.
Will these 50 cars really make an impact? If so, when? Or is this just a convenient way to promote even more car usage in Hoboken – instead of walking or biking?
Poll: What is your car usage like in Hoboken?
Read Hertz Press Release – and see initial Hoboken locations after the jump!
Connect by Hertz Cruises into Hoboken, NJ
Car Sharing Company Expands to Power Hoboken’s New Corner Car Program, Offers Convenient Transportation Option to Residents
Connect by Hertz, Hertz’s global car sharing club, announced it is adding Hoboken, NJ to its list of more than 200 U.S. and international locations that provide members an economical, convenient and socially conscious alternative to car ownership. The expansion also marks the country’s first citywide public-private partnership between a municipality and a car sharing company, as Connect by Hertz was selected as the exclusive supplier for Hoboken’s Corner Cars program.
“Connect by Hertz shares the City of Hoboken’s commitment to the Corner Car program, and providing a convenient and cost efficient transportation option,” said Robert Stuart, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Hertz. “With more municipalities and organizations moving toward car sharing, Connect by Hertz is dedicated to providing the best in class technology, service and amenities to meet members’ needs.”
The Corner Cars program is designed to provide Hoboken residents the convenience of having access to both a car and a reserved parking space in their neighborhood. For the first phase of the roll out, Connect by Hertz will place 40 vehicles, including Smart Cars, Toyota Prius, Volvo C30, and the MINI Cooper, in 20 different Corner Car locations spread across the city (full list follows). As the program expands, cars will continue to be placed in additional areas, with the goal of serving 100 percent of the community, improving convenience and removing even more cars from the street.
“Connect by Hertz will help the city provide a reliable transportation option and play an important role in addressing the challenging parking situation in Hoboken,” said City of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Now, residents can simply click, book and drive, knowing their space will be waiting when they return.”
Through June 2012, Connect by Hertz is offering 2 years of membership for free ($25 application fee applies) and is providing a $75 driving credit when using the code: Hoboken at time of enrollment. Residents who surrender a Hoboken parking permit at the Hoboken Parking Utility will be provided with a special promotion code for a $100 driving credit in addition to the free membership (the two offers cannot be combined). Connect Membership also includes insurance, fuel, roadside assistance, maintenance and cleaning. Once enrolled, members receive a smart chip enabled Connect Card, which gives them 24/7 keyless entry to any car in the fleet that they reserve. Members also have the option to reserve and use vehicles in other Connect by Hertz locations, including nearby New York City and Park Ridge, NJ as well as Connect’s international locations.
Since its launch in December 2008, Connect by Hertz has formed successful partnerships with a number of companies, organizations and universities around the world including Marriott International, USAA, Ohio State University, Pepperdine University and University of North Carolina. For more information, visit www.connectbyhertz.com.
Hoboken Corner Car Locations:
- Clinton Street & Newark Street
- Vezzetti Way (at both East & West ends)
- Hudson Street & 15th Street
- Garden Street & 11th Street
- Hudson Street & 11th Street
- Monroe Street & 8th Street
- Adams Street & 8th Street
- Jefferson Street & 4th Street
- Clinton Street & 7th Street
- Harrison Street & 2nd Street
- Jefferson Street & 1st Street
- Adams Street & 2nd Street
- Jackson Street & 4th Street
- Grand Street & 12th Street
- Madison Street & 10th Street
- Willow Avenue & 10th Street
- Clinton Street & 9th Street
- Garden Street & 8th Street
- Park Ave & 6th Street
- Clinton Street & 4th Street
- Bloomfield Street & 4th Street
About Connect by Hertz
Connect by Hertz, The Hertz Corporation’s (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, has more than 650 vehicles, 16,000 members and more than 200 locations worldwide, including corporate offices and universities. Connect by Hertz offers vehicles in the Personal, Social and Jet Set Collections; all are available for online reservation at competitive rates through the Connect, Connect 50 or Connect 125 programs. All cars are equipped with Eileo® technology, and benefits covered by the hourly rate include gas, insurance, GPS turn-by-turn navigation, 24/7 roadside assistance, 24-hour Member Care Center communication, and 180 free miles per day. For more information, visit www.connectbyhertz.com.Hoboken NJ