Xavier Partners with Enterprise to Offer Car Sharing

August 16, 2012

Xavier University is partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer car sharing through WeCar by Enterprise. Available to students, faculty and staff, WeCar by Enterprise is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable, efficient and cost-effective transportation alternative to the Xavier community. Registered members have access to two Kia Souls parked on the south side of the Campus Services Building, next to Flynn Hall. A car will be on display during Xavier’s Manresa for new first-year students on Aug. 17, and Week of Welcome, Aug. 20-24, which transitions returning students back to campus. A kickoff is scheduled for Club Day on the Yard, August 27 from 10 am until 2 pm.

"We are working with WeCar to bring an affordable transportation option to our students and employees,” said Jon Beres, assistant director of Auxiliary Services for Xavier University. “This reduces the need for cars on campus and will contribute to our sustainability efforts."

“This is great for students who can't access a car under normal car-rental rules, where you are required to be at least 21,” says Alex Riahi, student ambassador for the program.

Those at Xavier age 18 and older are eligible for membership in WeCar, which offers around-the-clock access to hourly, daily and overnight rentals. WeCar offers members the benefits of a personal car while paying for the vehicle only when it is being used. Such programs are especially popular with students because they provide a solution to car rental age restrictions, as well as financial concerns associated with having a car on campus. Xavier students, faculty and staff with a credit card and valid driver’s license can sign up for the program at www.wecar.com/xavier. Members will reserve a vehicle online, then access it using a membership card and return it to the same location. Fuel, basic physical damage to the vehicle and state-required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.

“WeCar provides Xavier members with a low-cost, convenient transportation solution right on campus,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president, WeCar and Rideshare for Enterprise. “Our car-sharing program is a sustainable, totally automated and efficient mobility option that helps alleviate parking and transportation challenges at universities across the United States.”

WeCar is supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network. Local Enterprise operations maintain cars and have the flexibility to add WeCar vehicles to meet demand. Enterprise operates more than 40 rental locations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

Enterprise hires graduates from Xavier each year, and has nearly 20 Xavier alumni currently working throughout the company, including eight who currently work in this region. A Brand Ambassador Internship program has been established at Xavier to market the service on campus.

WeCar by Enterprise operates car-sharing programs on more than 50 college campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as corporate, government, military and downtown programs throughout the U.S.