Miami Beach Launching Car Sharing Service on Tuesday

It's a slippery slope down the path of transportation socialism, ain't it? First it starts with public buses, then the City of Miami Beach got a taste of bike sharing with DecoBike, and now the city is about to launch a car sharing service. The city has partnered with Hertz on Demand, and residents and tourists will be able to rent cars for as little as $9 an hour. 

"This is a really great reason not to have a car on Miami Beach," Miami Beach parking director, Saul Frances

tells The Miami Herald

. "You really don't need one with this program because you can just pick up a car at one of our garages."

The service launches on Tuesday, and participants only need to register for free through the Hertz On Demand website. They'll receive a swipe card and be able to rent cars for as little as $9-an-hour or $63-a-day. Drivers will then be able to pick up the cars on the top level of city garages. Gas is included (though you must return the car with more than a quarter tank). 

The car sharing program idea isn't new to the Miami area. The University of Miami partnered with a similar service, ZipCar, years ago, but this is the largest implementation of the idea yet in the area. The program will launch with 20 cars. 

Sounds like a perfect idea for that particular type of Miami Beach resident who rarely leaves the beach and makes little use of their car, and for tourists who may want to rent a car for a limited time to check out those areas across the bridge. 

The city will make about $84,000 a year by renting the parking spots to Hertz according to the Herald, and in year three will start getting a cut of the profits. 

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