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(HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaiʻi at Mânoa has partnered with WeCar by Enterprise to provide car sharing services to its students, faculty, and staff for their personal use, as well as for the business purposes of its schools and departments. The program allows members to rent a WeCar vehicle located on the Mânoa campus hourly, for a full day, or overnight. UH Manoa's WeCar program will officially launch on Wednesday, September 12, at 11:30 a.m., at Varney Circle with a brief ceremony led by Mânoa Chancellor Tom Apple and Enterprise Holdings Vice President and General Manager - Hawaii Group Daniel Schaberg. Kahu Aaron Mahi will offer a traditional Hawaiian blessing.
"WeCar is part of our continuing efforts to reduce traffic congestion to Mânoa by making alternative commute modes easier and more attractive," said University of Hawaiʻi Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Crysttal Atkins. "Now, those who've made the choice not to bring a car to campus have access to one when they need it, whether for errands or emergencies or weekend recreation."
Commuter and Fleet Services Manager Raymond Shito adds, "The University is also anticipating significant cost-savings on the repair and maintenance of the State-owned fleet, as the current sedans are eventually replaced by this third-party car sharing. We look forward to expanding the WeCar pool as institution demand grows."
The WeCar program is completely automated, with online application and reservations. Members are each provided with a swipe key allowing them access to the vehicle, in which they'll find the car's ignition key in the glove box.
The $10-$12/hour rental rate includes 200 free miles, fuel, maintenance, a campus parking spot, and damage/liability protection. For individual users, there is a one-time application fee of $10, with annual membership dues of $35. Application and membership fees are entirely waived for business users. New members at UH Mânoa also receive a $35 driving credit on sign-up, applicable towards time and mileage charges for rentals. WeCar membership at UH Mânoa is open to anyone 21 years or older with a valid drivers license.
The three hybrid models selected for the UHM launch reflect the University's and Enterprise's commitment to sustainability. These first WeCar vehicles have designated parking spots at Varney Circle (Chevy Volt), on East-West Road and Maile Way (Jeep Compass), and at the Gateway House parking lot (Ford Focus).
"WeCar provides UHM affiliates with a low-cost, convenient transportation solution located right on the 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 can help alleviate parking and transportation challenges at universities across the United States."