Students at Loyola Marymount University may now feel less of a need to have a car on campus thanks to a new car-share program.

Through a partnership between LMU and Zipcar Inc., two vehicles are available by the hour or by the day on the Westchester campus. Zipcars are an alternative to car ownership that help reduce congestion, open parking spots and add an environmentally friendly transportation option, LMU officials said.

The cars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to students, faculty and staff, ages 18 and up. Cars can be reserved and driven for an hour or up to four days.

Rates on all LMU-based Zipcars start at $8 per hour and $66 per 24-hour day. Included in the rate are: gasoline, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance. The annual membership fee is $35 and LMU applicants receive a $35 credit that can be applied during their first month of driving.

Students and others have praised the plan as an economical alternative to personal vehicles, saying that the concept supports “Green LMU,” the campus commitment to sustainability and environmentally sensitive practices.

“Zipcar fits well into LMU’s overall mission to educate, lead and take action to care for our world,” said Trey Duval, LMU director of campus recreation. “The program will ease congestion and help reduce our carbon footprint by making it possible for individuals to leave their cars at home.”

The vehicles will be parked on Rosecrans Lane, off Ignatian Circle. Zipcar members can also download the Zipcar iPhone app that makes reservations and can honk the horn of an available Zipcar and unlock its doors.

“The service relieves the financial burden parents face when sending their children to college with a car that sits idle most of the time,” said Matt Malloy, Zipcar vice president of global university operations. “Members can use Zipcars to run errands, attend meetings or get away for the weekend but on a pay-as-you-go basis. You no longer need to own to be free.”

Information about Zipcar at LMU, including how to join, www.zipcar.com/lmu/.

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