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Our Community CarShare

What is Our Community CarShare?

Our Community CarShare (OCCS) is a pilot program initiated by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. OCCS makes available electric vehicles available for free to community members around the Sacramento region. The mission of Our Community CarShare is to raise awareness and educate the public on the benefits of electric vehicles, specifically in lower-income communities, to strengthen local economies by providing a zero-emission transportation option to under-served communities and to reduce emissions from traditional internal combustion vehicles in the Sacramento Region. Breathe works closely with state agencies and local organizations to increase public awareness and support of electric vehicles, helping to remove barriers towards transportation independence and working towards clean, carbon free air in under-served communities. The program is funded by Cap-and-Trade funding from California Climate Investments which funds projects that help the State of California reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach the State’s climate goals.

Why use CarShare Sacramento?

Our Community CarShare Sacramento aims to promote different forms of transportation with a low carbon footprint.

It is vital to connect people who are looking for alternative means of transportation with a heavy focus on community engagement and responsibility. Since the CarShare is a free, membership-based project, community members can use the cars for everyday transit throughout the Sacramento Region. For example, parents can schedule their children’s pediatrician visit, friends can carpool to local recreation destinations, and families can use the cars for weekly errand runs.

How has Our Community CarShare shaped our communities?

Our Community CarShare currently operates in seven lower-income communities in the Sacramento Region. Since the 2017, Our Community CarShare vehicles have been taken on over 23,000 trips and travelled 350,000 all-electric vehicle miles. These trips amount to countless errands ran, doctor visits, trips to school and leisure activities for our members, 49% of which did not have access to vehicles prior to OCCS.
Since the project’s inception OCCS staff realized there was a need to provide rides to residents who are unable to participate in OCCS due to age, disability, drivers license status or other factors. In order to be as inclusive as possible, OCCS developed the Community CarShare Representative program. This incentivized, volunteer-based service connects CarShare Representatives with their fellow community members to provide rides using OCCS vehicles. CarShare reps have been our feet on the ground, providing assistance and guidance to new members and we are very thankful for their commitment and service to Our Community CarShare!

For more information on the CarShare program, contact Joseph Santiago at jsantiago@sacbreathe.org or by calling the Breathe office at (916)444-5900.