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Where the Zipcars Are

The sign at the entrance to the Smith College parking garage on West Street says: "Zipcars live here." In fact, a fleet of four fuel–efficient Zipcars— which can be driven by anyone with a paid membership to the Zipcar car–sharing service— has drivers zipping in and out of the reserved parking spots.

Smith students (18 and older), faculty, staff and local residents (21 and older) may reserve a Zipcar by the hour or the day. Gas and insurance are included in the hourly rate of $7 and the daily rate of $55.

Smith has partnered with Zipcar to offer the campus community an alternative to car ownership since August 2006. When the service was launched, Smith President Carol Christ noted, "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."

Today, Maria Martinez, a spokesperson for Zipcar, says, "The program at Smith has been incredibly successful and has had great demand."

For information about Zipcar and how to become a member, visit

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