Convenient Transportation Service Provides a Cost-Effective Alternative to Car Ownership
BALTIMORE — Morgan State University (MSU) has launched a new partnership with Zipcar to offer a car-sharing program on campus. The service gives students the freedom to get off campus and return without the hassles of owning a car, while also helping Morgan meet its sustainability goals by reducing the need for personal vehicles and parking spots on campus.
The self-service transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty and staff aged 18 and older and members of the local community aged 21 and older. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.
Two vehicles are now available: a Honda Fit named “Docia” and a Ford Focus named “Janeen.” The Zipcars have designated parking spots located in Morgan’s Lot Y, at 2201 Argonne Drive, for convenient pick-up and return.
Morgan State members may join Zipcar for $15, with rates 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, maintenance, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar’s rates. Students can join online and make reservations on the company’s website or mobile app.
Students who join Zipcar report better quality of life with greater mobility, according to an academic study by the University of California, Berkeley.
“Students come first at Morgan, and in our conversations about the ideas and concerns of our student body, transportation convenience emerged as a high priority,” said Morgan President David Wilson. “We are pleased to partner with Zipcar to provide this car-sharing service to enhance the campus experience of our students and the entire Morgan family.”
Morgan students can now zip to the grocery store, to a doctor’s appointment or to an internship. And international students can enjoy greater peace-of-mind with an easy way to get around the city and the region.
“We’re thrilled to team up with Morgan State University to bring Zipcar’s convenient, on-demand transportation service to campus,” said Katelyn Bushey, director of university programs for Zipcar. “Zipcar offers all the benefits of owning a car without the hassles that come along with it, like circling for a parking spot before class, paying for gas or worrying about oil changes.”
Zipcar is the largest and most longstanding campus car-sharing provider, with a presence at more than 600 colleges and universities across North America.
For more information about how to become a member of Zipcar at MSU, please visit www.zipcar.com/morganstate.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is celebrating its 150th year of excellence in higher education. A Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution, Morgan offers more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s designated Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers the most comprehensive, most convenient and most flexible car-sharing options available. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of mobility solutions. More information is available at www.zipcar.com/universities.
Larry Jones, Morgan State University
Katelyn Chesley, Zipcar