Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, launched on August 2 on the campus of Savannah State University (SSU). Vehicles will be made available to students, as well as faculty and staff, for shared use.
SSU will have a total of three cars in two locations on campus. The purpose is to give students without their own car an alternative for running errands, or making short trips. With the option of using Zipcar, students will be able to opt out of bringing a car to campus to save on gas and parking fees. Additionally, faculty and staff who may have need of a car for personal use are also encouraged to join Zipcar.
Zipcar is membership based and simple to join online. Members can reserve a car for the needed number of hours, at a specific time. Gas, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for up to seven days.
This year, SSU members can join for $25, with rates for vehicles on campus starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members pay an annual membership fee of $35.
Andre House, director of parking and transportation at SSU, says of the partnership, “Zipcar reduces congestion and parking demands on campus, reduces emissions, and saves students money by paying only for the time they reserve the vehicle.”
Participating members with smartphones, including iPhone and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or at Zipcar.com.
Zipcar has established relationships with more than 400 universities across North America. For more information on how to become a member of Zipcar at Savannah State, please visit www.zipcar.com/SavannahState.
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Source: Savannah State University Office of Marketing/Communications