Thursday, August 28, 2008

Belmont University and Vanderbilt University Partner with Zipcar to Bring Car Sharing to Nashville

Belmont University and Vanderbilt University today announced their partnership with Zipcar, the world's largest provider of cars on demand by the hour or day, to provide Zipcars on campus to university faculty, staff, and students as an environmentally friendly alternative to the costs and hassles of keeping a car on campus. The partnership marks Zipcar's entry into Nashville, bringing it to more than 50 cities, including operations in London, England and 27 North American states and provinces.

Beginning today, a total of seven self-service Zipcars -- five at Vanderbilt and two at Belmont -- will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars will be available to all staff and students aged 18+, with gas, maintenance, insurance and reserved parking included in low hourly and daily rates. Zipcar was selected as the Universities' 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.

"At Vanderbilt, we are aware of the impact our students transportation choices have on our campus, the Nashville community, and the environment as a whole," said Lance Hale, manager of Vanderbilt's Office of Traffic & Parking. "By bringing car sharing to our campus, we can encourage students to leave their personally owned vehicles at home during the school year, while teaching them to make sustainable transportation choices that we hope will extend beyond their college years."

Read the entire article in the Wall Street Jounals Market Watch.

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