Students that do not bring a vehicle with them to campus can make getting off campus tough. Thanks to a new service at Kent State – that now may be easier than before. TV2’s Robert Carroll has the story.
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Transportation is a hot topic across Kent State – ranging from parking services, PARTA busing, walking, and finding ways to get off campus for awhile, if you live on campus.
That is why a new service has been implemented at Kent State this semester, thanks to a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc. – a car sharing program.
“This is a good way for students who do not bring a car to campus to get around easier,” said Melanie Knowles, Manager of Sustainability at Kent State.
This is a good way for students who do not bring a car to campus to get around easier. – Melanie Knowles, Manager of Sustainability at Kent State
The Zipcar program brings four vehicles to campus; two Ford Focus’, one Kia Soul, and a Toyota Prius. The program helps student affordability, could save parking spaces in the long run and is cost-effective, said Knowles. Students get a discounted rate of $25, from the normal $35
There are requirements, however, to getting access to the Zipcars. The individual must be 18-years-old or older (if associated with Kent State), or 21-years-old if a community member. They also must have held a driver license for one year, and a driving record check is done.
The students associated with Kent State, having access to the vehicles at a discounted rate and the age of 18, can rent the Zipcars anywhere from a couple hours up to a couple days. One of the vehicles, the Toyota Prius, is even environmentally friendly.
The Prius comes as a gas-electric vehicle. It is the only one of four Zipcars that have this feature. Be it students wanting a fun night out in Cleveland using the Zipcar to get there, or get away for a weekend – this new service on campus will fit their needs.
Students can register at http://www.zipcar.com/kent