Pacific University teams with Zipcar

Zipcar and Pacific University have teamed up to offer car sharing at the school's Forest Grove campus.

Zipcar and Pacific University have teamed up to offer car sharing at the school's Forest Grove campus. 

Pacific University announced Thursday it will partner with Zipcar Inc. to offer a car-sharing program on campus. The service will offer a Toyota Prius and a Ford Focus to be based at the school's Forest Grove campus.

Neighbors and Pacific University students, faculty and staff — 18 or older — members can join for a $25 annual membership fee, with rates on campus Zipcar vehicles starting at $7.50 per hour and $69 per day.

Zipcar partners with more than 300 universities across the country including University of Oregon. Its ZipcarU program is partnering with Ford on a "Students with Drive" grant program that supports student organizations.

Last April, Pacific University announced it would open a Center for a Sustainable Society to serve as focal point for sustainability on campus.

"Zipcars promote ride-sharing—such as when a group of students ride together for an evening in Portland—which saves fossil fuels, especially when one of the cars is a 50-mile-per-gallon Prius. Our hope is that some number of students will not bring cars to campus and instead will use Zipcars,” said John Hayes, director of the Center for a Sustainable Society, said in a press release.

Avis announced last month it would acquire Zipcar for $491.2 million.

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