Campus News

Car Sharing Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff

April 2, 2013

Communications Staff

Oberlin College is partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer car sharing through WeCar by Enterprise for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. As part of the Enterprise CarShare network, WeCar by Enterprise is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable, efficient and cost-effective transportation alternative. 

Registered members will have access to three full efficient vehicles, including a Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, and Ford Escape. The vehicles will be parked at the Oberlin Inn, Keep Co-Op, and the Adam Joseph Lewis Center.

“We are excited to partner with Enterprise to get this car sharing program on our campus,” says Bridget Flynn, Oberlin’s sustainability coordinator. ”This initiative provides an affordable, on demand transportation option, which is particularly beneficial to students who don’t have a vehicle on campus. In fact, we hope the program will reduce the need for cars on campus and contribute to our sustainability efforts by reducing the number of cars and the demand for parking spaces on campus." 

Individuals 18 and older are eligible for membership in WeCar, which offers around-the-clock access to hourly, daily, and overnight rentals. WeCar allows members to maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when it is being used. Campus car-sharing programs are especially popular with students because they provide a solution to car rental age restrictions, as well as financial concerns associated with having a car on campus.

Members reserve a vehicle online, then access the vehicle using a membership card and return it to the same location. Fuel, basic physical damage to the vehicle and state-required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.

“WeCar provides students at Oberlin College with a low-cost, convenient transportation solution located right on the campus,” says Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president at Enterprise Holdings. “Our Enterprise CarShare network offers a sustainable, totally automated, and efficient mobility option that can help alleviate parking and transportation challenges at universities across the United States.”

WeCar by Enterprise operates car-sharing programs on more than 50 college campuses throughout the United States and Canada, as well as corporate, government, military, and downtown programs throughout the United States. A Brand Ambassador Internship program also is being established at the college to market the car-sharing service on campus.

Oberlin College students, faculty, and staff with a credit card and valid driver's license can sign up for the program online. Members of the Oberlin community also are welcome to use the program. Organizations interested in WeCar can learn more at the website, and additional information about WeCar is available by following @WeCar on Twitter.    

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