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University of the Pacific Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus

Jan 24, 2012

Today, University of the Pacific launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world's leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older.

This year, University of the Pacific members can join for $25, with rates on campus Zipcar vehicles starting as low as $7 per hour and $66 per day. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots, up to 180 miles of driving per day and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. To join, visit www.zipcar.com/pacific.

"Zipcar is a cost-effective and an environmentally-friendly option that we're excited to make available to students, faculty and staff on campus," said Patrick Cavanaugh, Vice President of Business and Finance at University of the Pacific. "Zipcar provides a quick and reliable way to get around, while also helping the campus community reduce its carbon footprint."

University of the Pacific will initially offer two vehicles, including a Ford Focus and Toyota Prius, which will be located in campus Lot B west of the DeRosa University Center. Zipcars are self service and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day.

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile applications to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles as well as honk the horn to help locate the vehicle.  Members can also use Zipcar's "Reserve a Zipcar" app on Facebook to view available Zipcars and make, extend or cancel a reservation all from their Facebook account. Reservations can also be made over the phone or by using the Zipcar website.

"Cost-savings, convenience, reduced demand for parking and less congestion on campus are just some of the benefits that we are confident the University of the Pacific community will experience by having Zipcar on campus. Since every Zipcar takes approximately 15 privately owned vehicles off the road, Zipcar can also help the campus reduce its overall carbon footprint and impact on the environment," said Michael Serafino, General Manager, Zipcar University.

Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 250 universities, including UC Davis and Sacramento State University. For more information, including how to become a member of Zipcar at University of the Pacific, please visit www.zipcar.com/pacific.

About Zipcar
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with approximately 650,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

Zipcar and the Zipcar logo are trademarks of Zipcar, Inc.

About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university with a long tradition of dedicated teaching, small class sizes, practical experience and a vibrant residential life. Founded in 1851, Pacific is the oldest University in California. Its breathtaking Gothic main campus in Stockton is home to seven schools and colleges. In addition to the dentistry school in San Francisco, Pacific also has the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento-one of California's largest law schools. Total University enrollment is nearly 7,000. Pacific is known not only for top-tier professional schools in dentistry, law and pharmacy, but also strong undergraduate programs in music, biology, chemistry, international studies and engineering.  Pacific has been listed as one of the top 50 "Best Values" by U.S. News since 2001 and is consistently ranked in the top 100 national doctoral universities. It is currently ranked the eighth most diverse school by US News, and the Sierra Club recently ranked Pacific among the nations "Top 100 Cool Schools." Prominent alumni include Oakland Raiders football coach Hue Jackson '87, actress Jamie Lee Curtis '80 and jazz legend Dave Brubeck '42. For more information about University of the Pacific, visit www.Pacific.edu.