Click to Home
Go To Search
Department of Transportation
San Jose Home
Contact Us
Department of Transportation
200 E. Santa Clara St.
8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 535-3850
Fax: (408) 292-6092

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Car Sharing
What is Car Sharing?Car Share Vehicle photo
Car sharing is similar to a library for cars.  Members can reserve vehicles by the hour or the day.  Hourly rates include gas, insurance and emergency assistance.  Car sharing differs from car rental services in that car share vehicles are typically used for short-term, local trips; while rental vehicles are generally used for day-long or multi-day use.  Car sharing is also self-service.

Benefits of Car Sharing
Car sharing makes alternative transportation options, such as transit, carpooling or cycling, more attractive by enabling users to access a vehicle when needed.  Car sharing can enable families with multiple vehicles to consider downsizing.  It also expands the transportation choices available to those who do not have the means to own and maintain a car.

Car Sharing in San Jose
In Summer 2012, San Jose adopted a car share parking pilot program to support the growth and long-term success of car sharing in the City.  The pilot has enabled Zipcar to expand its operation in San Jose from an initial 12 cars to 35,  Currently, the car share vehicles are located in the greater Downtown area, the goal is for the pilot program to be successful and expand to other areas in the City.

For more information about Zipcar's car share program in San Jose, visit