Zipcar Starts Harvard Car Sharing Progam

The most recent means of transportation for the masses, car sharing, got another boost this week after one of the most active companies in this segment, Zipcar, announced it has partnered with Harvard University Transportation Services and Zimride to set up the first ever car sharing program for campuses in the Greater Boston area.

Zipcar will bring 20 cars to the Harvard University campus, meaning the total number of vehicles servicing Cambridge and Allston will reach 160. The cars will be available to area residents and Harvard affiliated members even if they are under 21 years of age.

“At eighteen, young adults have adult commuting needs, from students needing to move furniture to a worker having to make a meeting across town," Dan Curtin, Zipcar Boston general manager motivated the decision. "Zipcar is proud to work with Harvard and Zimride on providing these younger drivers with another means of transportation."

Zipcar and Harvard have been partners for quite some time now, the university becoming the company's most successful university partner in the ten years since they've been working together.

Their collaboration meant that 3,000 less parking sticker requests have been filed in Cambridge between 2006 and 2009. The new partnership will use the Zimride network, a Facebook page which will be used by students to share commutes or one-time rides.

"By reducing the number of cars on campus and encouraging carpooling among students, faculty and staff this partnership marks an important step forward in our sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide economically viable solutions that conserve resources,"
added Heather Henriksen, Director of Harvard's Office for Sustainability.
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