CSULB, Zipcar Introduce New Car-Sharing Program on CampusPublished: October 1, 2009
Officials at CSULB announced the launch of a new car-sharing program with Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service, as part of the university’s overall efforts to reduce parking demand and traffic congestion on the campus.
Five self-service Zipcars — three Honda Insight Hybrids, and two Scion xB’s — are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars are located in reserved spaces at four locations across the campus and are available to all students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older. Gas, insurance, roadside assistance, 180 free miles and reserved parking are included in low hourly and daily rates.
“Zipcar is a key new addition to our efforts to reduce congestion and parking demand on campus,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “One of the biggest barriers to taking alternative transit to campus or leaving your vehicle at home is the fear of being stranded. Zipcar solves that problem by giving people access to a car when they need one.”
Students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar for personal use for $35 and can drive for as little as $8 per hour or $66 per day weekdays and $9 per hour or $72 per day on weekends. They will also get $35 in free driving credit as part of a launch promotion.
Individual departments also can sign-up for a membership and make the car available to every member of the group. Department accounts are directly billed, which means one credit card goes on file and all reservations for the department are billed to that one card. Each department member has to apply to the account for insurance purposes.
The partnership with Zipcar fits with CSULB’s existing alternative transportation efforts to manage parking and congestion, according to Elissa Thomas, rideshare coordinator for the campus.
Currently, the school offers free bus rides to students, faculty and staff through a partnership with Long Beach Transit called U-PASS. The university also will soon launch a bike sharing program. In addition, CSULB has partnered with Zimride, the world’s leading social online ride sharing community, to augment a campus vanpool program, which includes the new Zipcar integration layer, and Zipcar.
For students, Zipcar offers the freedom of car ownership without the associated cost and hassle of owning a car. Like buying music by the song, today’s students immediately see the benefit of paying for a car by the hour. Best of all, Zipcar provides insurance to students as young as 18 years of age.
For universities, Zipcar offers a practical and proven solution to managing demand for parking, reducing congestion and emissions and adding a lifestyle-oriented service to campus.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing service with 325,000 members and 6,500 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout 28 North American states and provinces as well as in London, England. As a leader in urban transportation, Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to savvy city residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car in the city.
“Zipcar has the unique ability to help reduce parking demand and increase transit use without asking people to sacrifice the convenience and freedom of having a car,” said Matthew Malloy, vice president of global university operations for Zipcar. “With access to a car by the hour, students, faculty and staff can leave their car at home – or maybe sell it altogether – helping reduce the number of cars on campus every day.”
Zipcar was selected as CSULB’s car-sharing partner based on its superior technology and operations, membership experience and track record of providing peer universities with a proven, cost effective and environmentally friendly transportation solution.
Zipcar, which has been offering campus car sharing since 2002, now has programs at more than 130 colleges and universities across the country. Among the dozens of colleges that have partnered with Zipcar to reduce traffic, noise and parking demands are MIT, Columbia, Georgetown, American University, University of Michigan, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, University of North Carolina, The University of Chicago and UCLA.
More information about Zipcar at CSULB is available online.