Would you use Zipcar if there was one at Rahway train station? For those unfamiliar with Zipcar, here’s a brief summary and history of the company. A reader email prompted this post and thought it’d make for a potential discussion to accompany a blog poll.
The reader is a non-car owner who bikes to work at Merck (go green!) and uses Zipcar, mostly in New York City but also around here. “The problem is that the closest Zipcar is at the MetroPark train station. I have to take the train one stop to get it and at night the train schedules are not very convenient, adding up to an hour of commuting just to get to and from the car.”
The response from Zipcar is that they only put cars where there is demand. “The best way to let us know your neighorhood is ready for Zipcar is to have your friends and neighbors add their address to our ‘Notify me page.’ We use this information as a guide to place our next fleet of cars.”
The reader makes the point: “If Rahway is to be a true ‘commuter’ community, it needs to have better facilities to attract and retain ‘commuters.'” The reader’s request: Get as many people as possible to sign up and drive demand to so they put a zip car near the Rahway station.
Zipcar are being considered as part of a plan to bring artist/affordable housing to the Arts District. The idea of recycling shipping containers as housing on the Arts Guild property was presented to the Redevelopment Agency last September.
While we’re sort of on the topic of shipping containers, I came across this brief from Grist, a Seattle-based environmental news site. The original and longer piece on shipping containers as housing (“The Container of Hope: Designed for People not Stuff”) can be found at Treehugger.com, another site focused on sustainability. Worth a look, if only to see what can be done with them, both interior and exterior. Shipping containers also are being reused for DeKalb Market, a group of 22 small shops and vendors that opened this month in downtown Brooklyn.