Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Most Surprising Headline of the Day

Especially if you're as cynical about Atlanta and Atlantans' transport choices as I am.  

That Flexcar, which rents cars and trucks by the hour, is expanding in Atlanta and not retreating from it is a pleasant surprise.  According to the AJC, the company has seen solid usership here in Atlanta, where 80% of workers commute to work alone.  
Flexcar, a short-term, low-cost car rental service, has proven it can be popular in dense cities where commuters tend to bike to work, like Portland, or use mass transit, like Washington, D.C. But in sprawling Atlanta, where the U.S. Census reported about 80 percent of commuters drive to work alone, the Seattle-based company has taken a gamble— one that, at least in the short term, seems to be paying off.

Now with about 80 vehicles stationed in spots such as Buckhead and Decatur, the company expects to add 20 more cars in the next two months, said Liz Wattenberg, Flexcar's general manager for Atlanta.

Good for Flexcar and good for Atlanta.

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