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Loyola and Tulane launch car-sharing program for students, employees

Loyola press release - March 15, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University have announced a partnership with WeCar, a car-sharing program by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to provide a cost-effective and convenient transportation solution to students, faculty and staff of both universities who enroll in the program. WeCar will offer members access to three Toyota hybrid Priuses, which Tulane and Loyola will share. For the convenience of drivers from both universities, the cars will be centrally located in the Freret Street parking garage on Loyola’s campus, and directly adjacent to Tulane’s campus.

WeCar car sharing helps remove cars from the road to reduce pollution and traffic congestion and will help the universities cut overall emissions and support their sustainability initiatives.

“We are excited to offer a car sharing program to our campus community, and to partner with Tulane on this initiative,” said Robert Reed, Loyola's assistant vice president for student affairs. “Beyond offering a practical solution for students without vehicles and for faculty and staff who have personal and business transportation needs, it’s also a way for both of our campuses to consume less, and share more.”

Tulane and Loyola students, who are 18 and older, faculty and staff are eligible for membership. Members have 24-hour access to the cars and can reserve them online at any time. The Priuses can be rented hourly or for a full day. WeCar allows members to maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when they use it.

“The WeCar program adds another mode of transportation for students who do not bring a vehicle to campus, and it is part of Tulane's broader sustainability effort to improve green transportation options for students, faculty and staff, while reducing the number of cars on campus, and ultimately reducing carbon emissions,” said Kelly Venable, director of university services at Tulane.

The WeCar campus program is especially popular with students because it provides a solution to car rental age restrictions and to financial concerns associated with having a car on campus. For faculty and staff, the car-sharing program offers a cost-effective and convenient transportation alternative for both personal and business use.

Enterprise’s WeCar car-sharing program is offered on several other campuses across the nation.

“With WeCar, Tulane and Loyola are providing a low-cost transportation opportunity to students, parents, faculty and staff,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president, WeCar. “Our car-sharing program is a convenient, environmentally friendly, totally automated solution to parking and transportation challenges at the universities. Additionally, WeCar helps to advance Tulane and Loyola’s sustainability initiatives.”

In response to Toyota's recently announced "sticky pedal" recall, Enterprise has completed the recall service on 100 percent of the affected 2010 Prius vehicles in its WeCar fleet, including all Toyota vehicles in the fleet that serves Tulane and Loyola. Any additions to the Tulane/Loyola WeCar fleet will also have had the sticky pedal recall service completed before they are put into operation.

Interested students, faculty and staff from both universities can sign up now online at www.wecar.com. Also, Loyola will enroll members at an information booth on the first floor of the Danna Student Center, and Tulane will enroll members at an information booth on the first floor of the Lavin Bernick Center for University Life.

About WeCar

Enterprise Rent-A-Car piloted car-sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized local service. In 2008, Enterprise launched WeCar to deliver car-sharing technology’s speed, efficiency and economy to businesses, universities and government offices nationwide. Today, WeCar continues to offer mostly hybrids and plug-in vehicles, providing a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution to business customers looking to enhance their fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives.

Convenient, cost-effective WeCar car-sharing vehicles are accessible round-the-clock and complemented by Enterprise’s neighborhood network of more than 5,000 traditional car rental branches, which are located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. Known for exceptionally low rates and outstanding customer service, Enterprise was named to BusinessWeek’s annual list of “Customer Service Champs” in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and also has ranked highest in customer satisfaction among airport rentals in nine of the past 10 years, according to J.D. Power and Associates Rental Car Satisfaction Study. WeCar is part of the most comprehensive service provider in the car rental industry, unparalleled in size, strength and stability. For more information about WeCar, visit www.WeCar.com and www.keystogreen.com.

For information about WeCar, please contact Greg Phillips, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, at gregory.d.phillips@ehi.com.