East Stroudsburg, PA – Enterprise Rent-A-Car is providing car sharing to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) and to ESU students, faculty and staff through WeCar. WeCar is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable and efficient transportation alternative to the ESU community. Registered members have access to a Nissan Cube and Toyota Prius Hybrid, which are centrally located in the ESU Police Department parking lot.
As members of the WeCar program, ESU’s students can now access affordable transportation to conveniently travel to off-campus locations that are not within walking distance of the university, nor reachable via mass transit.
WeCar also addresses the university’s commitment to sustainability by providing fuel-efficient vehicles, including a hybrid. A university priority is to continually implement strategies that reduce its carbon footprint. WeCar was implemented to encourage ESU’s students to leave their own cars at home, share rides and reduce the number of cars on the road.
ESU students (18 and older), faculty and staff are eligible for WeCar membership, which offers around-the-clock access to hourly, daily and overnight rentals. Members maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when it is being used. The campus car-sharing 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.
Members reserve a vehicle online, then access the vehicle using a membership card and return it to the same location. Fuel and basic vehicle physical damage and state required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.
“WeCar is a totally automated, convenient and sustainable solution to the parking and transportation challenges that exist at universities,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president, WeCar and Rideshare for Enterprise. “With WeCar, Enterprise and ESU are bringing a low-cost, alternative transportation option to students, faculty and staff.”
WeCar programs are supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network of more than 5,500 rental offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. WeCar is a natural extension of the local car rental service Enterprise pioneered and continues to provide.
Enterprise hires approximately 11 graduates from ESU each year and has about 36 ESU alumni currently working throughout the company. WeCar is working with the university to offer a Brand Ambassador Internship on campus to market the car-sharing service.
WeCar by Enterprise operates car-sharing programs on more than 50 college campuses throughout the United States and Canada, as well as corporate and municipal programs throughout the United States.
ESU students, faculty and staff with a valid driver’s license can sign up for the program at www.wecar.com/esu. Additional information about WeCar by Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available by following @WeCar on Twitter.
About East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg University, home to 7,387 students, is located in the heart of the scenic Pocono region, which provides students with convenient access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including the Delaware River; pristine streams, ponds and lakes; historical venues; family attractions for all seasons; and so much more. The university offers 59 bachelor’s degree programs, one associate’s degree program and 22 master’s degree programs as well as a doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Administration in partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ESU is one of 14 universities which comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by a variety of discipline-specific accrediting agencies. ESU is continually expanding, with two new residence halls opening in January 2012, and plans for a new student center and library. There are over 100 organizations and activities officially recognized by the university, ranging from social, cultural, multicultural, recreational, and community-service programs, with nearly 50 of those funded by the Student Activities Association. For more information, visit www.esu.edu.
About WeCar by Enterprise
The WeCar by Enterprise car-sharing program provides a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched hourly car rentals in 2005 and local car sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized service in communities. Today, Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s WeCar program offers fuel efficient, hybrid and plug-in vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed, efficiency and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives. Supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car network of locations, the WeCar program is able to build on Enterprise’s well-established Virtual Car® rental service and its track record for making local car rental convenient and affordable for those who prefer to “buy for the need and rent for the exception.” In addition, WeCar complements Enterprise Rideshare, which serves both individual vanpool groups and large employer work sites, and together the two programs help customers reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand and the WeCar program. With annual revenues of $12.6 billion and more than 68,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings also operates, through its regional subsidiaries, more than 1 million cars and trucks, making it the largest and most comprehensive car rental service provider in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. For more information about Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s WeCar program, visit www.wecar.com. For more information about Enterprise Holdings’ environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of the car rental and car-sharing business, visit www.DrivingFutures.com and follow @LeeBroughton on Twitter. This news release and other WeCar announcements are available at the Enterprise Holdings press room.
Photo caption/attribution: Julianna Uathavikul, an East Stroudsburg University junior from East Stroudsburg, sits in a new WeCar rental while chatting with Aneil Jainauth, a senior from Howell, N.J.. WeCar, a car-sharing service offered through Enterprise Rent-A-Car, gives students, faculty and staff at East Stroudsburg University a convenient, affordable way to rent a car right on campus for as little as one hour at a time, for the day, or overnight. Photo by Bob Weidner.