Kate Heffley was five months from finishing graduate school when she made a momentous decision: She was going to get rid of her car.
Heffley, 30, had driven the 2001 Honda Civic for the seven years she had lived in Arlington County. But she had student loans to pay off and a car that she used only on weekends. So, in January 2007, she sold the vehicle to her father.
"I feared that it would feel like missing a limb, but not at all," Heffley said. "It was a smooth adjustment. Between Zipcar and Metro, I wanted for nothing."