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UT Arlington partners with Zipcar to offer new car sharing program on campus

Monday, February 2, 2015

Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

News Topics: faculty, staff, students, transportation

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The University of Texas at Arlington’s Office of Sustainability rolls out a new car-sharing program Wednesday, Feb. 4, as part of its commitment to creating a more sustainable campus for students, faculty and staff.

Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, is open to those over 18 years of age and who have been licensed for at least one year (domestic and international). Students, faculty or staff may join the membership program for $25, then pay $7.50 per hour or $69 a day to reserve one of four vehicles parked on campus.

The cost includes gas, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, wireless technology, and other features. Visit www.zipcar.com/uta for more information.

“This is an innovative and cost-effective form of transportation that will help the entire UT Arlington community,” said Meghna Tare, director of the UT Arlington Office of Sustainability. “Based on our research, Zipcar will prove especially beneficial for our growing international population.”

Total University enrollment surpassed 40,000 students this year. A significant number are international students living on or near the Arlington campus. In spring 2014, 1,289 students from India alone were enrolled at UTA.

“Many of our international students come to Texas with no means of transportation. In addition to reducing the number of vehicles on campus and need for parking spaces, Zipcar will provide the students with a convenient option for getting to the grocery store, a doctor’s appointment, or to meet research and study needs that carry them across the state,” Tare said.   

The new Zipcar program will initially offer four vehicles: a Ford Escape and Focus, Nissan Versa and Volkswagen Golf. The vehicles will be parked in two locations: in the Meadow Run Apartments parking lot behind the Swift Center, and in Lot 39, just south of the UTA Bookstore. See the campus map at www.uta.edu/maps/.

“By bringing Zipcar to UT Arlington, the school is offering a convenient alternative to bringing a car to campus,” said Katelyn Lopresti, general manager of Zipcar University. “The Zipcar program will give students, as well as faculty and staff, the freedom of having a car without the expense or hassles.”

Zipcar said, on average, when car owners switch to car sharing, the number miles driven per member is reduced by 50 percent. The company said its “Zipsters” save over $500 a month and members of Zipcar and other car-sharing programs report a 47 percent increase in public transit trips, a 10 percent increase in bicycling trips, and a 26 percent increase in walking trips.

Visit www.uta.edu/sustainability or call 817-272-9299 for information about other sustainable programs offered at UT Arlington.

About Zipcar

Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a global leader in vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 40,000 students around the world and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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