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City of Philly Selects ZipCar

June 11, 2008

PHILADELPHIA - Zipcar, theworld's largest car-sharing company, today announced it won the bid from theCity of Philadelphia to provide car sharing for City workers. This relationship signifies the City'scommitment to changing the way people - and their employees - move around Philadelphia. 

Since 2004,car sharing has helped the City eliminate approximately 330 vehicles from itsfleet, and the City plans to continue streamlining its fleet through carsharing. Zipcar was selected as Philadelphia'scar-sharing provider by being the lowest bidder in a competitive sealed bid. 

"We commend the City for their thought leadership on urbantransportation," said Mark Norman, President and COO of Zipcar. "Welook forward to providing city employees with cars on demand and introducingthem to our industry-leading technology and member experience." 

Zipcar's service to the City will begin on July 1, 2008 and continue throughMarch 31, 2009 and may be renewed for three additional years. Over the courseof the contract, city employees will have access to Zipcar's diverse fleetselection, including hybrids, standard sedans, and small SUVs, ensuring accessto the most appropriate car for their task. 

Recent studies by Zipcar indicatethat each Zipcar takes 15 vehicles off the road and Zipcar members report thatthey drive an average of 4,000 miles per year less than when they owned a car.Members also report saving an average of $435 per month compared to the averagecost of owning and operating a vehicle in an urban setting. 

"Our commitment to expand car sharing demonstrates that Philadelphiais supporting sustainability goals with real actions," said Rina Cutler,Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities for the City of Philadelphia. "Car sharing enhancesexisting programs in the City and allows us to have a smaller fleet of vehiclesand provide the same level of service while saving tax payers money." 

In addition to the City of Philadelphia, Zipcar currently works with more than35 municipalities and government organizations throughout the US, Canada, andthe UK, including the city of Portland, Oregon, Washington Metro TransitAuthority (Washington DC), District Department of Transportation (Washington,DC), Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, King County (Seattle), andTransport for London. 

Additionally, thousands of businesses nationwide as wellas many throughout Philadelphia have signed corporate memberships with Zipcar to reduce travel costs in theface of rising gas prices. Currently, Zipcar has 200,000 members sharing 5,000cars in 50 cities.Zipcar offers many benefits to its members including no per-mile fee and theindustry's only mobile reservation system. 

The company offers cars-on-demand socustomers can reserve cars online or with their cell phones in seconds. Zipcaroffers a broad variety of vehicle types, starting with hybrid vehiclesavailable for $6 per hour in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

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