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Concordia University Irvine Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus
New program provides a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to car ownership on campus
IRVINE, Calif., September 13, 2016 – Today, Concordia University Irvine (CUI) launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community over the age of 21.
CUI will initially offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus named “Jory” and a Honda Fit named “Doughnut.” The Zipcars will have designated parking spots located in the Rho lot for convenient pick-up and return.
This year, CUI members can join for $15, with rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $25. Gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. CUI students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar at www.zipcar.com/cui.
“Though Concordia offers student shuttles, sometimes schedules and distance don’t always match,” says Concordia University Irvine Dean of Students Gilbert Fugitt. “By offering students alternative transportation like car sharing—whether it’s to an internship interview, visiting a museum, or taking in a performance—we hope to make getting around Southern California one step easier.”
Members with iPhones and Android devices may download the Zipcar mobile app to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.
“The Zipcar program on campus gives students, faculty and staff the freedom of using a car without the hassle of owning one,” said Katelyn Bushey, Zipcar director of university sales. “We’re happy to partner with CUI, to give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallet.”
Zipcar has established relationships with more than 500 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at CUI, please visit www.zipcar.com/cui. Additional information and promotions can also be found by following @Zipcar on Twitter.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers the most comprehensive, most convenient and most flexible car sharing options available. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private non-profit Lutheran Christian four-year liberal arts university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and coaching/athletics administration. CUI’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of “Grace Alone. Faith Alone.” Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master’s institutions. Marking its 40th anniversary this year, the university enrolls over 4,000 students annually and is in its final year of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Membership Process.