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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. GIG Car Share is the first vendor to operate one-way car share.

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

What is one-way car share?

GIG car share vehicle Car 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. GIG car share app screenshotCar 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. GIG Car Share has agreements with the cities of Alameda and Albany to operate in their respective jurisdictions.

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 five City Council agendas: March 29, 2016, September 27, 2016, October 18, 2016, May 29, 2018, and October 30, 2018.

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


Matthew Cotterill

Transportation Division    



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