Zipcar Partnership Brings Car-Sharing to Campus

September 3, 2015
By: Renae Lias Claffey

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, is partnering with Worcester State University 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 ages 21 and over.

Worcester State will initially offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Toyota Prius. The Zipcars will have designated parking spots located in the Wasylean Lot directly next to the visitor and University Police spaces for convenient pick-up and return.

This year, Worcester State University 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. Worcester State students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar at

“We are happy to make Zipcars available to our campus community,” said WSU’s Sustainability Coordinator Steven Bandarra. “Not only are they convenient for our students, faculty and staff but Zipcars further Worcester State’s commitment to sustainability and help reduce our carbon footprint.  Zipcar is part of a larger green transportation initiative launched this summer that includes an EV charging station, a new WRTA college route, carpool parking places, and a bike share program. Sustainability is being embraced across our campus.”

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.  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 hassles of owning one,” said Jeremy Pomp, Zipcar Boston general manager. “We’re happy to partner with Worcester State University to give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallet.”

With the new Zipcar program available on campus, student organizations at Worcester State also now have the opportunity to participate in the “Students with Drive” grant program sponsored by Zipcar and Ford Motor Company. Under the program, Ford and Zipcar will provide $200,000 in grants to be awarded to student organizations at eligible Zipcar colleges and universities. The program is running now through April 2016 and will culminate with a grand prize worth $25,000 in scholarships, cash, and Zipcar driving. For more information and to participate in the program, students can visit

Zipcar has established relationships with more than 400 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at Worcester State, please visit  Additional information and promotions can also be found by following @ZipcarU on Twitter.


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