Mason has launched a new partnership with Zipcar Inc. to provide all students, staff and faculty members ages 18 and up, as well as community members 21 years and older, access to the world’s leading car-sharing service. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Zipcar is an environmentally friendly transportation alternative that supports Mason’s goal of easing congestion on campus, lowering costs and decreasing the demand for parking.
According to the company, every Zipcar takes 15 to 20 privately owned vehicles off the road.
The hourly and daily Zipcar rates include gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance. Cars can be reserved for periods as short as one hour or up to four days. Rates on all Mason Zipcar vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).
Members of the Mason community can become “Zipsters” by signing up at www.zipcar.com/gmu.
“At Mason, we are always looking for ways to innovate. By bringing Zipcar to campus, we are continuing with this tradition and offering students, faculty, staff and the community a new and greener way to think about transportation on campus, in a hassle-free and economically friendly way,” says Josh Cantor, director of Parking and Transportation at Mason.
Zipcars are self-service, easily reserved and accessible 24 hours a day. Two Zipcars are located on Mason’s Fairfax Campus and two are on the Arlington Campus. Zipsters can also download Zipcar’s fun and functional iPhone app to book a Zipcar, honk the horn to locate the car and unlock the doors remotely.
“Having a car on campus isn’t cheap. Parents and students have to think about the additional expense of parking, gas and maintenance,” says Matthew Malloy, vice president of global university operations at Zipcar.
“Countless universities across North America have benefited from our convenient, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly car-sharing service. We are confident that Mason will experience these same benefits.”
Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 200 universities, including Old Dominion University, the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. Zipcar uses a network of local vendors to service and clean its fleet.
For more information about Zipcar at Mason, see the website.