Enterprise CarShare has partnered with Transportation & Parking Services (TPS) at Princeton University in a sustainability drive to help reduce campus traffic congestion while also meeting student needs for on-demand transportation. A service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise CarShare offers an automated way to rent a vehicle by the hour, the day, or overnight.
Over the past several years, transportation options around the Princeton campus have grown with bike sharing, mass transit, and carpooling options available. However, a key piece of transportation, on-demand vehicles, was still missing. Planners quickly realized that carsharing could improve problems of traffic congestion while also addressing transportation shortfalls.
Reducing Campus Congestion
The university recently began an effort to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles on campus. As of fall 2016, most undergraduate students were no longer allowed to park vehicles on campus during the academic year.
To encourage faculty and staff to leave their cars at home, Princeton’s Transportation & Parking Services implemented the Revise Your Ride program last year. The program includes automatic enrollment in the Enterprise CarShare program along with other incentives. Graduate students and undergraduates are also eligible for the Enterprise CarShare program.
Almost 1,000 students, faculty, and staff are now using carsharing services to reach their destinations. The service provides a unique transportation option that contributes to the long-term sustainability goals of the university, which include a commitment to reduce commuter car numbers by 750 (15%) between now and 2020.
The Enterprise CarShare partnership with TPS has tripled in size since its inception and today provides 17 vehicles available for rent around-the-clock at nine locations across the 500-acre Princeton campus, including:
- Dillon Gym
- First Campus Center
- Graduate College
- Lakeside Apartments
- Lawrence Apartments
- Merwick-Stanworth Apartments
- Olden House
- Princeton Station
Sustainable Transportation Solutions
In the U.S., Enterprise CarShare serves over 125 university campuses and hundreds of business and government agencies in more than 35 states. Major cities served include Atlanta, Hoboken, Honolulu, Houston, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Tampa, all supported by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car network, which has more than 5,800 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population.
Enterprise CarShare is a cost-effective alternative to car ownership as well as an environmentally-friendly and hassle-free supplement to public transit. And, since it’s backed by Enterprise’s award-winning customer service, it delivers convenience and reliability to members in select markets across the country.
Enterprise takes a sustainable approach to business while partnering with companies, agencies, and organizations like Princeton to help them meet their respective sustainability goals. In addition to CarShare, a variety of other sustainable transportation options are available under the Enterprise brand name, including Zimride by Enterpriseand Enterprise Rideshare.
Enterprise recently joined a new carsharing pilot program announced by the New York City mayor’s office, and became a fleet management partner of Voyage, a company aiming to develop autonomous automotive options for communities across North America.