Creighton University Partners with Zipcar to Bring 24/7 Car Sharing to Campus
There’s something new on Creighton University’s campus…and it’s not a new building or a new academic course, but Zipcar, the 24/7 car sharing program. Students, ages 18 and older, faculty, staff and the community will have a new convenient, cost effective and green alternative transportation option.
A survey conducted last year by the Creighton Students Union (CSU), the Creighton student government organization, revealed student demand for a car sharing program. CSU is co-sponsoring the initiative with the university.
“For students attending Creighton without a car, life has gotten much easier for shopping, dining, running errands and community service,” said Dillon Miskimins, CSU president. “With 37 percent of our incoming freshman class from more than 400 miles away, I see this as a great transportation option for them.”
The self-service, on-demand car sharing program requires membership. Members reserve the car online, by phone or by the Zipcar iPhone application. Once a reservation is made members gain access to the vehicle through special membership cards called Zipcards. Gas, a 180-miles-per-day allowance, insurance, reserved parking stalls on campus, and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as one hour or for up to four days. Rates on all Creighton vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).
The Creighton annual membership is $35 and applicants receive $35 worth of free driving credit to apply to their first month of driving. Two cars, one of which is a hybrid vehicle, will be available initially and more will be added based on demand.
“The Zipcar program is a sustainable transportation solution which not only lowers emissions, but reduces congestion and parking demand. These positive environmental changes are important to the student body and something Creighton University feels strongly about supporting,” said John Wilhelm, vice president for Administration.
Matthew Malloy, vice president of Global University Operations at Zipcar agrees, “We are confident that Creighton will experience the same benefits that many other universities across the U.S. already have from our car-sharing service – including cost-savings, convenience, less congestion on campus and a reduced carbon footprint.”
Creighton is among more than 200 universities and colleges to have this program and the first college campus in Nebraska.
For more information, including how to enroll in Zipcar at Creighton University, please visit www.zipcar.com/creighton.