UCO rental car-share plan isn’t just to help students

BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: February 1, 2010 at 12:33 am •  Published: February 1, 2010

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma is the first place in the state to offer a car-share program where rental cars are available on campus for students and Edmond residents.

The UCO program operates like programs found in New York City and Chicago, allowing vehicles parked at specified locations to be rented by the hour or longer.

Four cars are now stationed at two locations on campus waiting for a student who needs to go to a doctor’s appointment or wants to go on a date or to the mall. The cars also are handy for a student who carpools to the Edmond campus and has to go home to check on a sick child during the day.

Tim Tillman, the university’s alternative transportation coordinator, said the new program shows the university’s dedication to sustainability and innovation.

"We are very happy to be the first in the state to offer a program like this which will not only save environmentally, but will also save space on campus,” Tillman said.

Renters must go to connectbyhertz.com and fill out an application. It might take a couple of weeks to complete he initial sign-up process. The driver’s license must be verified and a membership card must be received through the mail.

The university has teamed up with Connect by Hertz to provide the car-share program that just started at the beginning of the semester.

Four 2010 vehicles are available to rent for $6.80 to $8 an hour, depending on the car booked and the driving plan selected. The hourly rate includes gas and insurance.

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