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One-Way Car Share 

On October 18, 2016, the City Council approved the second reading of the One-Way Car Share Ordinance. This ordinance allows the City to sell parking permits to qualified car share organizations operating a one-way car share model as part of a two-and-a-half year pilot program.

Applications and resources for interested car share organizations are found below, last updated August 3, 2017

What is one-way car share?

One-Way Car ShareCar share is a membership-based service available to qualified drivers that allows members to make trips using a rented vehicle without generating a separate written agreement for each trip. One-way car share allows members to pick up a vehicle in one location and drop it off at a different location. Members find the location of available vehicles in real-time using an organization's mobile application or website. Vehicle rental fees are charged by the minute and include fuel, maintenance, insurance, and parking.

What are the benefits of one-way car share?

One-way car share creates a 24-hour transportation network for short, one-way trips. One-way car share adds another transportation option to travel from home to BART, from your office to dinner, or a grocery store. Studies have shown that 9 to 13 households can share a single car share vehicle, reducing parking demand. Studies have also shown that many car share members sell their car or avoided the purchase of a car. Car share provides members access to a vehicle without the cost of owning a vehicle, making household transportation costs more affordable.

What other cities are participating in this pilot?

The City of Oakland is also conducting a one-way car share pilot program, allowing car share organizations to create a regional transportation network for Berkeley residents, visitors, and commuters.

Where else in the US does one-way car share operate?  

One-way car share currently operates in Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Austin, TX; Washington, DC; and San Diego, CA, among others. 

What is the legislative history of one-way car share in Berkeley?

The one-way car share program, also known as point-to-point car share, was introduced at the May 12, 2015 City Council meeting and further discussed on July 14, 2015.  The one-way car share pilot program has been on three City Council agendas including March 29, 2016 and September 27, 2016 and October 18, 2016.

What steps do I need to take as a one-way care share organization to operate in the City of Berkeley? 

Please see the following links for the application process, annual administration and parking fees and the application:

Resources and Information

Application Process

Qualified Car Share Organization Terms and Conditions 

 Free-Floating Parking Permit Terms and Conditions

 Master Residential Parking Permit Terms and Conditions

Parking Permit and Administrative Fees, page 2


Application Qualification One-Way Car Share

Application - Parking Permits

Application - Detailed Vehicle Information


Kamala Parks

Associate Transportation Planner

Transportation Division



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