DePaul University and ZipCar have teamed up to promote sharing among students, faculty and staff members—car sharing, that is.
The Lincoln Park school, which is the nation’s largest Catholic university, launched a new program on Monday with the vehicle sharing network, according to a news release. The transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to complement the urban lifestyle of the university's surrounding community.
DePaul's members can join Zipcar for $15, with rates on Zipcar vehicles starting as low as $8 per hour and $73 per day. After the first year, the membership fee will be $25. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in all Zipcar rates and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.
“This program with Zipcar allows DePaul to provide another transportation option for our students, faculty and staff," Robert Janis, vice president for facility operations, said in the release. "It also aligns with our efforts to advance a sustainability agenda on campus and is a step to reduce our carbon footprint in the greater Chicago area."
The Zipcar-DePaul University program will initially offer five vehicles on the Lincoln Park campus, including Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda 3 models. These cars will be located in a campus lot at 936 W. Fullerton, below the Fullerton CTA stop for Red/Brown/Purple Line trains.
Additionally, dozens of Zipcars already surround DePaul’s Loop Campus through Zipcar’s program with the City of Chicago. Zipcars are available on-demand and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle.
Members can also use Zipcar’s “Reserve a Zipcar” app on Facebook to view available Zipcars and make, extend or cancel reservations from their Facebook account. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.
“We are excited to bring Zipcar onto DePaul University’s campus to provide students, faculty and staff with a sustainable transportation option that provides fun and freedom, as well as environmental benefits for the campus," Charles Stephens, Chicago's Zipcar general manager, said. "We hope Zipcar will help make it easier for students to get around the city, attend job interviews and internships, run errands like picking up groceries or even get away for the weekend."
Students at DePaul and other Zipcar universities have the opportunity to participate in the “Students with Drive” grant program sponsored by Zipcar and Ford Motor Company.
The program provides students with free Zipcar memberships and driving credit to support student organizations on campus. DePaul University organization FreeFall DePaul was a “Students with Drive” finalist in 2012.
Through the Students with Drive grant program, Ford and Zipcar will provide $300,000 in grants to be awarded to student organizations at eligible Zipcar colleges and universities.
The program is running now through April 2013 and will culminate with one student organization being awarded a grand prize of $5,000 in Zipcar credit and $10,000 in cash for the student organization to put toward its cause and $10,000 in cash to be awarded to the winning school.
Zipcar has established successful programs with other local universities including The University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago along with more than 300 across the US.
For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at DePaul University, please visit DePaul's section of the Zipcar website.
The above information was provided by Zipcar representatives.