Metro has long known that first- and last-mile connections are a big barrier to public transit ridership. Metro’s latest solution promises another option for overcoming that, through car-sharing.
The transit org’s latest partnership is with San Francisco-based Getaround, which allows people to instantly rent and drive cars owned by fellow Angelenos. Cars shared on Getaround are equipped with a device that allows users to instantly book, locate and unlock the car through an app.
Getaround cars will occupy 110 car-share parking spaces at 27 Metro transit station lots, listed below. According to Metro spokesman Steve Hymon, locations were chosen to prioritize equability for communities that need affordable car share services.
Getaround is available on both iPhone and Android. Prices will depend on the vehicle type and start at $5 per hour. Insurance for every trip is included, and Metro riders get $25 off their first booking by signing up at get.co/metro.
The program is managed by Metro’s Parking Management Department. If successful, Metro and Getaround may consider adding more car-share services to other locations later this year.
Getaround is available at these Metro stations:
- Expo Line: 17th Street/SMC Station, Expo/Bundy Station, Expo/Sepulveda Station, La Cienega/Jefferson Station
- Gold Line: Lincoln/Cypress Station, Heritage Square Station, Sierra Madre Villa Station
- Green Line: Redondo Beach Station, El Segundo Station, Aviation/LAX Station, Hawthorne/Lennox Station, Crenshaw Station, Vermont/Athens Station
- Orange Line: Sherman Way Station, Canoga Station, Pierce College Station, Reseda Station, Balboa Station, Sepulveda Station, Van Nuys Station
- Red Line: North Hollywood Station, Universal City Station, Westlake/MacArthur Station
- Blue Line: Artesia Station, Del Amo Station, Wardlow Station, Willow Station