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On campus rental car service

By molly boes
On February 21, 2012

The Student Government Association (SGA) has teamed up with Auxiliary Services to help provide students with more transportation options.

This help comes in the form of a short-term rental car service. These services started out in big cities where it was common for people not to own cars in order to give them another method of transportation.

The idea of bringing a car rental service to campus was brought up last year, but SGA felt that the prices were unrealistic for college students, falling between $12-15 per hour.

The current executives had a rental car service as a part of their platform initiative and, after looking into the service again this year, they discovered that the prices dropped to $7-9 per hour.

"Ideally the service will start at the end of this semester to give it a soft opening," senior Ryan Alleman, SGA president, said. "Worst case scenario, we will have the service by the beginning of the fall semester."

When the service comes to campus, students interested in renting a car will have to sign up online through the vendor.

Students will have to provide their driver's license information and the vendor will run a basic license check.

After a student has passed the license check, which will take about three business days, they will be sent a membership card.

This membership card will grant them access to the rental cars on campus.

In order to reserve a car, students will have to visit the website where they can reserve a time slot. The driver will be informed where the car is parked.

At the beginning of the allotted time slot, drivers go to their reserved car parked in a designated spot on campus.

In order to unlock the doors, drivers have to swipe their membership card with a sensor located on the driver's side windshield. The keys will be located inside of the car.

Drivers also will not have to worry about paying for the gas used.

It is requested that drivers refill the tank with a gas card located in the car when the car is at a quarter of a tank.

Currently, the University is looking into getting two cars: a small sedan, preferably a hybrid, and a small SUV.

They are also looking into environmentally friendly cars.

"The contract is currently being reviewed," Alleman said. "Barring any large problems, we should be seeing the program on campus soon."

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