Car rental program rolls into Texas Christian University




Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 11:08 PM

FORT WORTH — For the first time in three months, Julie Morrison is sitting in the driver's seat. She beamed with enthusiasm as she ran errands in Fort Worth Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm loving this right now," she said. "I feel like kind of stuck because I don't like asking people for rides, so I love doing things on my own."

Morrison, a freshman at Texas Christian University, moved from North Carolina without a car. But now she's finding freedom in one she doesn't own.

She rented it from Zipcar, a company that provides vehicles by the hour or day, 24/7.

TCU student Katherine Abshire from California made a reservation with Zipcar. For less than nine bucks, she got an hour to drive. She went to the grocery store.

"It's cheap," she said. "Having this option, it's nice to have a car and kind of go wherever I need to go."

Up to 20 people have signed up for the program. First year memberships are $25; it's $35 every year after that. Hourly rates are around $7 and up. Daily rates vary. The cost covers road assistance, insurance and gas.

Brent Folan, TCU's student body president, turned to Zipcar with the hope of addressing parking and transportation problems on campus. He remembers begging for rides his freshman year.

"I had to bum rides all the time. This will eliminate the problem," he said. "Not having to rely on other students, their schedules to get a ride somewhere."

Morrison is already hooked. She's looking at making her next reservation soon.

"I'm loving this freedom right now," she said.

Zipcar currently has only two cars available on the TCU campus, but hopes to expand the program. It all depends on demand.

The service is already available for students at the University of Texas at Dallas and SMU.