Why own a car on campus? Zipcar is coming to UAB

Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Alabama
UAB is getting the ZIpcar service beginning this week.

Some good news from UAB for people who don’t own a car. UAB is partnering with Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, to provide vehicles on campus for students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

The program will officially launch today – September 21st with two vehicles available for reservation. UAB’s director of Parking and Transportation, Andre Davis and a Zipcar representative will be on-site, at the UAB Hill Student Center Amphitheatre beginning at 10:00am, to showcase the new service and answer  questions.

These will be the first Zipcar vehicles in Birmingham.

The new Zipcar service will give students the freedom to get on or off campus without the hassle of owning a car while also helping UAB meet sustainability goals by reducing the need for personal vehicles on campus.

This self-service transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gas, maintenance, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates.

Photo from Zipcar

Zipcar is the largest and most longstanding campus car-sharing provider, with a presence on more than 600 colleges and universities across North America. The annual membership fee for employees and students is $15 for the first year and $25 per year afterward. The hourly rate starts at $7.50, daily $69 and overnight $35. The hourly rate is all-inclusive; each car comes with a prepaid fuel card. The first 180 miles are free, but users are charged $0.20 for every mile exceeding that limit. For more information, visit www. zipcar.com/uab.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.