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By Johnny Diaz
Globe Staff / November 6, 2011

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Talk about a company car. At John Snow Inc., employees have autos available on demand from Zipcar Inc., the service that allows members to rent cars by the hour - and they get a serious discount. Rather than pay a $75 fee to join, employees at the public health research firm pay only $25 a year (and the regular hourly rate).

The company is located in South Boston’s Seaport District, convenient to the Red Line. ‘A lot of us live in the city and do not have a car,’’ said company spokeswoman Alissa Marchant.

Zipcar keeps two cars right down the street. Employees use them for business, of course, but the company encourages its workers to use the service after hours, too.

Marchant lives in the city and does not own a car. How does she get around? ‘Zipcar,‘ she says; then she thinks a moment: “And public transit is great, too.’’