Zipcar: Possible Solution to Transportation Problem

An image of a ZipCar from the company's website

One of the ways that many colleges across the country are improving the transportation options offered to students is by making car rental services easily accessible.

One company that many schools are investing in is called Zipcar, which is the world’s leading car-sharing service with more than 730,000 members and 11,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria.

According to a press release from the official Zipcar website on October 9th 2012, the company has added dozens of new schools to its popular University program this past fall, and now offers campus car sharing at more than 300 colleges and universities throughout North America.

Some of these recently added schools include Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, James Madison University, Temple University, University of Iowa, Villanova University and West Chester University.

Mark Norman, the Zipcar president and COO said, “Students love the freedom and flexibility Zipcar provides on campus and the ability to continue their membership in leading cities around the world when they graduate, while universities choose Zipcar’s leading brand and technology to deliver sustainable improvement in traffic congestion, parking requirements and emissions reduction on campus.” 

While Fairfield does not have a contract with Zipcar, it does offer a similar rent-a-car system by Hertz that is located near the Kelley Center on campus.

“I used it a bunch of times my freshman year,” said Patrick Kueny ‘15. “It’s a good idea but I don’t think a lot of people on campus know about it.”

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