The University of Arizona’s car sharing program, introduced prior to the fall semester, is starting to gain adherents. Some 70 people signed up for the program before the semester began and nearly 200 more joined after only the first week.
Rental car giant Hertz is providing the cars and the service, which allows students, faculty or staff who are members in the program to rent vehicles by the hour or day. For $6.80 to $10 an hour, students and faculty can rent a Toyota Prius, MINI Cooper or Ford Escape and leave campus for doctor appointments, grocery shopping or personal errands around Tucson.
What’s more, it’s likely to have reduced traffic congestion while increasing the use of public transit. At the University of California, Berkeley, public transit usage increased 46% after a car-sharing program was put into place there, according to a car sharing Web site.
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