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SF State, Zipcar rev up car sharing program on campus



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Program is Zipcar's first college partnership in San Francisco Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, October 5, 2006 — San Francisco State University students, faculty and staff who are 21 and older, who either don't own a car or don't want to bring a car to campus now have a new transportation option: a self-service, fully automated car sharing program with Zipcar. The program at SF State is the company's first partnership with a Bay Area college or university. SF State joins more than 30 colleges and universities in North America who are looking to Zipcar to help reduce traffic, noise and parking congestion.

"Car sharing provides the opportunity for students, faculty and staff who don't have cars to leave campus and accomplish something they couldn't do with public transportation, such as run errands, get groceries or handle an emergency," said Kirk Gaston, acting chief of the SF State Department of Public Safety.

Car sharing is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to privately owned automobiles or car rental. "Zipcar is excited to partner with a forward-thinking university," said Dan Shifrin, Zipcar regional vice president. "As we have seen with other university partners, both the number of personally owned cars on campus, and overall car usage will decline which is good for the environment, the surrounding community and the University."

Based on early membership uptake and university-wide feedback, both the University and Zipcar are pleased with the initial response and will add additional vehicles to its SF State fleet as demand requires.

All students, faculty, staff and University departments and offices are eligible to enroll and have access to the Zipcars on campus, a Toyota Prius Hybrid or Mazda 3, as well as nearly 200 Zipcars in the Bay area and in all Zipcar cities. Annual membership is $25 -- a discount of $50 over the company's regular joining fees for San Francisco. Members can use a Zipcar for as little as $7.50 an hour including gas, insurance, reserved parking at SF State and other benefits such as free XM satellite radio. Members must be age 21 or older and have a safe driving record. For details, visit: or

Zipcar launched San Francisco service in September 2005 and has since built the area's largest car-sharing fleet. With 70,000 consumer and business drivers, Zipcar is North America's largest car-sharing service. The company operates more than 1,800 vehicles in 12 states and provinces, including metropolitan New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Zipcar has the largest university program of any car sharing service, with nearly 12,000 active student and faculty members. Among the schools that have partnered with Zipcar to reduce traffic, noise and parking demands are MIT, Harvard, Boston College, Columbia, Princeton, Georgetown, Howard, Rutgers, American, Harvard University, University of Minnesota and University of North Carolina.

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 150,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.


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