District resident Nathan Graeff, a Metro contractor, takes the subway to work near Foggy Bottom from Columbia Heights each weekday.
For weeks on end, his 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt used to stand parked outside his residence. Graeff kept the car for occasional visits to his family in Pennsylvania and for trips to Ikea and the grocery store, but for the most part, it was untouched.
“I’d rather have someone else utilize it,” he said.
In March, Graeff decided to lend his car to other D.C. residents who might need his car while he’s not using it— during daytime hours on weekdays and before 1 p.m. on weekends. He had searched for car-sharing platforms online, but only found one, called RelayRides, operating in D.C.
San Francisco-based start-up RelayRides is a peer-to-peer car-sharing service allowing car owners like Graeff to rent out their cars to people nearby needing a car for a few hours or a day.