Downtown Oklahoma City, already home to the growing bicycle share system Spokies, is getting a car share station like those set up at Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and Crowne Plaza Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City.
TimeCar, launched on Thursday at NE 2 and Oklahoma in Deep Deuce, allows members to rent a car by the hour at any time of day.
With continued residential development in the east downtown neighborhood, TimeCar President Benny Jacobs saw Deep Deuce as a natural fit for his growing operation.
“It's currently the most densely populated downtown neighborhood and only becoming more popular,” Jacobs said. “You don't have to own a car to live there. Residents can easily bike, walk and now use car sharing.”
The operation will start with a Nissan Juke and Mazda 3 to be stationed in a parking lot across from the 2nd Street Lofts at Oklahoma Avenue and NE 2. Jacobs is in talks with Level developer Richard McKown to establish a more centralized, permanent location later this year.
Fleet includes a pickup
Oklahoma City University is the most popular of the current locations, and Jacobs recently added a third car there to accommodate his growing membership.
That fleet includes a pickup Jacobs said will be available to Deep Deuce members. He hopes to eventually add another location downtown and one in MidTown.
At a glance
Membership gives access
TimeCar members pay a $25 application fee and a $50 annual membership fee, which allows them to reserve cars either online or by phone. Each member has a smart card that will unlock the vehicle and provide access to keys kept in a lockbox. Rates run $5 an hour between midnight and 7 a.m., and an average of $8.50 an hour during the day. Full-day rentals run $65 a day with a daily 200-mile limit on daily mileage before fuel charges are assessed.
To learn more, go to www.timecar.com