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York College announces partnership with Zipcar

Jessica Schladebeck
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Evva Comans, left, with Zipcar, talks about the features of using the service while York College students Erika Faloney, Ryan Taphouse and Briana Derrick look on as York College launches their partnership with Zipcar on the patio of Iosue Student Union at the college in York, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Faloney first brought the idea to College President Gunter-Smith last fall, as Faloney and her mother regularly use the service in Baltimore City. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York College through a partnership with the world's largest car-sharing network will be offering its students and faculty an additional method of transportation.

The college on Monday announced its partnering with Zipcar and will place two vehicles on campus available for students, staff and members of the community ages 18 and older, according to a news release. The transportation option will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Zipcars — a Volkswagen Golf named “Gade” and a Ford Focus named “Ybird” —  will have two designated parking spots located on a campus lot near the Humanities Center for pick-up and return.

University representatives and ambassadors from Zipcar were at York College Wednesday for a launch event at the Iosue Student Union Lobby and Patio.

Evva Comans, left, with Zipcar, shows York College Director of Student Activities and Orientation Sara Goodwin where the gas card is kept for fueling the car as York College launches their partnership with Zipcar on the patio of Iosue Student Union at the college in York, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Members of the York College community will be able to 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 $35, according to a news release. Once signed up, they will be able to reserve one of the available cars, which come with gas and insurance, for a select amount of time either by the hour or by the day. Zipcar users, at the end of their reservation, will then be required to return the vehicle to one of its reserved spots.

Zipcar members may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, and they will be able to lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the car with their phones.

Zipcar, which calls itself “the world’s leading car sharing network,” has operations in cities across the world in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The company has begun making its way onto college campuses with the goal of helping schools reduce their carbon footprint, limiting congestion and reducing the need for on-campus parking. Zipcar's services have been made available on more than 500 college campuses across the country.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.