Zipcar drives into Wayne State University

September 8, 2011

wsu zipcarDon’t have a car? If you’re a student, faculty member or staffer at Wayne State University, now you have another way to get around.

Wayne State University is teaming up with Zipcar to offer car sharing, and its many benefits, to those on campus. The program officially kicked off earlier this week, and gives students, faculty and staff the convenience of having a car when you need it without having to worry about parking, maintenance, or other hassles that come with car ownership.

How does it work? Students, faculty and staff who are at least 18 years old pay a $25 annual fee, and can then rent the car for an hour or two, or for a few days. It’s available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and gas, insurance, parking, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in the rates.

wsu zipcarWSU is offering two vehicles to start, which will be located on campus. They’re self-service, so they can be reserved and accessed 24 hours a day. People with smartphones can use a Zipcar app to make reservations and lock and unlock the vehicle. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can call a hotline with a regular phone or use the Zipcar website to make a reservation.

“Zipcar provides low-cost, accessible car-sharing in many cities across the country, and we look forward to our students, faculty and staff having even greater access to all Detroit has to offer,” Timothy L. Michael, associate vice president of business and auxiliary operations and chief housing officer, said in a press release. “Zipcar will make it even easier to live on campus without the need for a personal automobile, in turn helping mitigate the high volume of traffic and limited parking in Midtown.”

According to Zipcar, one shared car takes as many as 15 privately owned car off the road, and that drivers drive less — which is better for the environment, too.

Wayne State isn’t the first university to have a Zipcar partnership; they’re one of about 230, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network. Wayne State University students, faculty and staff can join today at

WSU also offers Zimride, a program that uses Facebook integration for friends to share commutes or rides. It’s another way to reduce traffic, safe money, and make it easier to park on campus, says the university. University students, faculty and staff can access the free Wayne State Zimride network at

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