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No Car? Try a Zipcar

Smith College has partnered with North America’s largest car-sharing service, Zipcar, to offer the community a cost-effective alternative to car ownership.

Smith students 18 and older—along with faculty, staff and local residents 21 and older—can now reserve a car, online or by telephone, by the hour or day. Gas and insurance are included in the hourly rate of $7 and the daily rate of $55. To register, those interested must complete an online application. Applicants approved by the company will receive in the mail a “Zipcard,” which allows them to unlock and drive the reserved car.

“Giving students another reason to avoid bringing a car to campus is a win for the college and Northampton, and a natural next step in our sustainability efforts,” says Smith President Carol T. Christ.

Smith’s Zipcars, a Toyota Matrix and a Honda Civic, are parked in the Smith College parking garage on West Street when not in use. Smith joins more than two dozen colleges and universities throughout the country, including Harvard, Boston College, Columbia, Princeton and Georgetown, in partnering with Zipcar.

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