The fast growing car sharing/short term rental service ZipCar is starting up their service in Ann Arbor, MI on November 1. The company will be making six vehicles available from three different locations on the University of Michigan central campus, north campus and medical campus. The company is actually working with the university, which wants to reduce the number of cars on campus. Open parking spaces in central Ann Arbor are notoriously hard to find and if people in the campus area can avoid having to drive downtown, but still have a viable transportation option it would definitely help.
The University of Michigan will guarantee a minimum revenue level for ZipCar and also provide designated parking spaces for the cars. The service will allow University employees to leave their cars at home but still have a means to get across campus when necessary. If the program works out and is popular, U of M will expand the fleet.
[Source: Ann Arbor News]