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Flexcar makes way to Tempe campus


August 30, 2007

ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) has announced its partnership with Flexcar, the largest car-sharing company in the United States.

PTS, which is committed to providing sustainable, viable transportation options for the campus community, is bringing Flexcar’s service to the university. The Tempe campus also marks the first site in the state of Arizona where Flexcar will have a presence.

An official launch celebration is scheduled for noon, Sept. 6, at the cul-de-sac of the Memorial Union.

Flexcar is a company that provides low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles for rent. Ten Flexcar vehicles, including Scions, hybrids, trucks and a MINI Cooper, are parked in various locations on the Tempe campus. As of Aug. 28, ASU students, faculty and staff can sign up to become members of Flexcar. The first year’s membership is free for individuals who sign up before Nov. 28. The annual membership fee is $35, but this fee is waived if a member rents a Flexcar at least twice in one year.

Flexcar members can rent a vehicle for an hourly rate, typically between $8 and $10 per hour. Vehicles also can be rented for the day. As an added value, the hourly or daily fee covers all gas, insurance and maintenance expenses.

“We are thrilled to bring the Flexcar program to the ASU community,” says Theresa Fletcher, director of PTS. “This innovative car-sharing program will make it easier for ASU students, faculty and staff to use alternate forms of transportation to travel to campus, and still have affordable access to a vehicle when needed.”

For faculty and staff, limited parking and the rising cost of gasoline make driving a car to campus increasingly cost-prohibitive. Employees can now leave their car at home and use Flexcar for personal errands. If their department chooses to establish an account, employees also can use Flexcar for university-related trips or meetings and charge it back to the department.

“PTS recognizes the need for convenient, environmentally conscious solutions to accessing campus,” Fletcher says. “Introducing the Flexcar program to ASU is just one additional way we are working to consistently offer students, faculty and staff valuable transit options.”
To learn more about Flexcar, visit the Web site www.flexcar.com. For additional information on the variety of transportation services PTS provides, visit the Web site www.asu.edu/parking.

Shereen Saurey, shereen.saurey@asu.edu
(480) 727-7053
Parking and Transit Services