Zipcar opens car-sharing program at Cal State Long Beach

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csulb-zip-carOfficials at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) today 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.

Currently, Cal State Long Beach has 40,000 students, faculty and staff either commuting to or living on the campus and only 13,000 parking spaces. Offering Zipcar, along with other university led alternative transportation efforts, will help reduce demand for those spaces and the accompanying congestion while offering students a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to bringing a car to campus.  Faculty and staff also will be able to use the service to lower overall transportation and fleet costs.

CSULB and Zipcar held a formal launch event today (Wednesday, Sept. 16) at 10 a.m. at Maxson Plaza, adjacent to Brotman Hall on the Long Beach campus.

Beginning today, five self-service Zipcars — three Honda Insight Hybrids, and two Scion xB’s — will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars will be 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.

The partnership with Zipcar fits with CSULB’s existing alternative transportation efforts to manage parking and congestion. 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.

Zipcar provides a service that appeals to both the freedom-loving nature of college students who want to experience the world around them and the practical concerns of administrators tasked with running a university and reducing overall costs.

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. They see Zipcar, which is consistently ranked alongside other leading brands like Google, Apple and Twitter, as a brand that understands them. 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 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.

Additionally, local residents ages 21 and older can take advantage of the Zipcar offerings on the CSULB campus, albeit with a different annual fee. Area residents can join Zipcar for $75 ($25 one-time application fee and $50 annual fee). All members 21 and older will have access to Zipcar’s network of more than 6,500 vehicles throughout the UK and North America.

Zipcar, which has been offering campus car sharing since 2002, now has programs at more than 120 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 at: www.zipcar.com/csulb

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