Look up the street - is it a pod? is it a zip? No, it's a Cusecar!
This week Synapse Partners, LLC announced the CuseCar, a community car-sharing program aimed at reducing transportation and parking issues as well as promoting sustainable community living.
"CuseCar reduces the dependence on the automobile, lowers the vehicle miles traveled and maximizes the economic, environmental and social benefits of automobile ownership, without the cost of ownership," said Vita DeMarchi, Managing Partner of Synapse and co-founder of CuseCar. Chris Beck, is a co-founder.
Cars will be available to members on an hourly basis and have designated parking areas throughout the city. The cars will primarily be hybrids and high mileage cars.
An advisory committee has been formed to assist CuseCar in identifying and securing designated locations in the area where CuseCar could have the greatest benefit.
The city of Syracuse economic development office is working with CuseCar and the advisory committee to assist the car-sharing program.
The first CuseCar location will border the Hawley-Green Neighborhood within walking distance to the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Other locations for designated parking areas for the CuseCar are currently being explored. Locations being considered that have the greatest demand for transportation alternatives are the Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Campus area, downtown Syracuse and near the hospitals.
CuseCar anticipates having the system up and running by late fall. For information on how to become a member contact Synapse Partners at 475-3700 ext. 34.
Synapse is a professional environmental and energy sector risk management and wholesale insurance firm working to advance business objectives through sustainable initiatives. Synapse has assisted project developers, cutting-edge technology companies, environmental firms and contractors, entrepreneurs and fortune 500 companies fulfill their business goals through strategic development of risk transfer insurance products and mitigation of financial risk. Synapse operates throughout the US and is headquartered in Syracuse in the Historic Bennett Warehouse that they redeveloped in 2006.
The advisory committee:
Joel Delmonico of the Amos Project
James D'Agostino, director of Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC)
Mario Colone, aenior transportation planner SMTC
David Holder, president of the Syracuse Convention and Visitor Bureau
Ed Bogucz, executive director Center of Excellence
Mark Lichtenstein, director of operations and outreach Center of Excellence
Mike Kelleher, SUNY ESF
Rob Simpson, president elect, Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association
Ben Gembler, marketing/community outreach coordinator NEHDA
Dan Murphy, sr. economic development representative, National Grid