Car-Lite Living

The automobile has long been considered as much a part of American life as stars and stripes, apple pie, and well, freedom. But times are changing. Traffic is getting worse, gas prices are climbing, and a whole new trend is sweeping the nation: families are opting for one car instead of two, and some folks are even doing away with it altogether.

And not just in big cities with great subway systems. Nope, we’re talking right here in Texas. With car sharing programs, it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too! Car-lite living means taking the bus and train, riding a bicycle, and even walking for most day-to-day activities; on days when a car is necessary, using a service for short term rental takes the place of car ownership. These services are helping Austin area residents to live car-lite…


car2go offers instant access to over 300 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles spread throughout the downtown Austin core – ready to be reserved and driven right from the street. Find the nearest car on the car2go app, and take it for just a few minutes or a few days without having to return it where you found it. When you’re done, parking is included. For Commute Solutions, we have waived the one-time registration fee and have included at $10 drivetime credit. Sign up HERE


Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car.  Zipcar members pay only for the time they actually use the vehicle and have no responsibility for additional costs and hassles associated with car ownership, including gas, registration, insurance, maintenance and car payments.

Car sharing works! Zipcar members report saving an average of $600 per month compared to owning a car. Members of Zipcar and car sharing programs report a 46% increase in public transit trips, a 10% increase in bicycling trips and a 26% increase in walking trips.

Rates in Austin start at $7.75/hr or $69/day. All reservations include gas and insurance.  As a proud partner, Zipcar is offering supporters of Commute Solutions a special Zipcar deal!  You can join for 50% off your first year and they will also set you up with a $55 in free driving to get you started.  Thanks, Zipcar!

To find vehicles near you go to For more information on car sharing in Austin visit www.