MHC faculty, staff, and students age 18 and over now have “wheels with no strings attached” through Zipcar, a car-sharing service that came to the campus this fall.
The College is partnering with the company to provide community members with an alternative to bringing a car to campus—an alternative that will still give them access to personal transportation on a 24/7 basis.
“The Zipcars fill multiple purposes for Mount Holyoke,” said Douglas Vanderpoel, director of auxiliary services. “They help with our green initiatives, help students be more connected with the community, and reduce costs to the institution,” he said.
The two new vehicles, a red Ford Focus nicknamed Willard and a grey Honda Civic known as Casias, have been well-received by community members.
“The program is going well and the Zipcars are being used to travel around South Hadley and further afield,” said Vanderpoel.
Campus community members can register to use the Zipcars for a discounted rate of $25 and receive a $35 credit until October 31. Cars can be reserved online or with a smartphone, by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included in the cost of using the vehicle. The hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles of travel per day.