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Virginia Tech University introduces car share program to students enrolled
Students enrolled in bachelors programs at Virginia Tech University can now save money while helping the environment by taking advantage of U-Hauls U Car Share program.
Qualified motorists may become members of the program, which enables access to a fleet of cars parked around campus. U Car Share allows students, faculty and staff to use the cars only when they need them to offer an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to bringing their own cars to school.
Members can reserve the cars online and use them at any time of day. The cars cost $4.95 per hour plus $0.59 per mile, inclusive of gas and insurance costs.
The vehicle lineup includes six EPA SmartWay certified vehicles: a Toyota Prius; a Honda Civic Hybrid; a Ford Focus; Toyota Yaris; a Mini Cooper and a Ford F-150.
Amy Cox, president of the U-Haul Company of Richmond, says the program is intended to [help] to create greater sustainability through shared-use vehicles on college campuses.
The U Car Share program is already available at seven other universities nationwide, exhibiting a response to college students growing desire to implement greener practices.
The demand for specialists in the environmental sciences is expected to grow by 25 percent in the next year. Associates and bachelors programs exist for those wishing to pursue a career in this field.