DUO auto+bus

The STM and Communauto this week announced a new partnership whereby purchasing 12 monthly bus passes, gets you a registration to Communauto for $5 extra instead of the usual $500.

This of course seems like a fantastic idea. But I suspect the devil is in the details.

People I know, who use the service, state that it often requires that you reserve a week in advance to get a car from communauto for the weekend. I’d curious to know from others, if this is in fact your experience. Because if so, dropping the $500 registration fee is going to open the door to many new subscribers.

Communauto’s fleet of cars, would be overextended and they would no doubt have to purchase more cars.

2 Comments so far

  1. St├ęphane Z. (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

    In fact they constantly add cars and new places where car are available. I don’t think this partnership will really add hundreds of new subscribers (compared to the current numbers)

    It’s true that you need … organization to get a car, mostly during the week end. However I can sometime get one for the week end with a reservation on friday night.

    Environmentalist speaking : there are too many fucking cars in our cities. It’s not possible anymore to have one car for everybody. Communauto is a very interesting solution (in addition of STM, bikes, etc.), but it’s obvious it requires a change in our habits, it can’t be at last time whenever you want.

    I’ve been a Communauto user for 3 years now, I never had a problem, good service, good cars, no problem to find a place for your car, don’t have to bring it for repairs, no pain in the *** due to insurance premiums, etc.

  2. Alston Adams (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    From those that I know that have used the service, you do indeed need to book way in advance.

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