Connect by Hertz program comes to USC
Students, faculty and staff at the University have access to cars they can rent by the hour through Connect by Hertz, a car share program that became available November 15.
Committed to sustainability, USC has chosen to partner with Connect by Hertz to supply students and others on campus with environmentally friendly cars that are convenient for running errands and that encourage carpooling to off-campus locations.
A $5-an-hour rental rate for Connect by Hertz on USC's campus is in effect through January 9, 2011.
USC is the first university or college in South Carolina to offer a car sharing program and to team up with Connect by Hertz.
“We have an opportunity to show South Carolina that car sharing may be a solution when addressing the quality of life through transportation,” said Derrick Huggins, associate vice president for transportation and logistical relations at USC. “This car share program will not only increase the social aspect but may meet the fiscal and health needs of some of our faculty, staff and students.
“A great deal of campus constituents don’t have the luxury of owning a car, therefore a doctor or dental visit in the middle of the day is not possible. Now, car sharing is an option at the University of South Carolina that will help address those needs,” he said.
The Connect by Hertz program requires campus participants to be 18 years or older and to apply for a free membership in the program. Members will receive an access card to rent one of four vehicles at a starting cost of $8 per hour. The cars will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and must be reserved online on the Connect by Hertz website.
USC’s fleet consists of two Toyota Priuses, a Ford Escape and a MINI Cooper. The vehicles are located in the South Bull Street garage, the Byrnes parking lot on Sumter Street and the Cliff Apartments parking lot on Whaley Street.
For more information about the Connect by Hertz program at USC or to sign up for membership, go to www.connectbyhertz.com.
To qualify for Connect by Hertz membership, students, faculty and staff must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. A valid credit or debit card and proof of address also is required. To register, go to www.connectbyhertz.com and use the promotional code: GoGreen2010.
Huggins said the university and Hertz are prepared to expand the program to include more vehicles should there be demand.
“We hope that everyone on campus will take advantage of this program,” Huggins said. “We are especially excited about offering this car share program to our international students. Now they can share the cost of renting the vehicle with their USC friends and enjoy a Friday night movie or go bowling, based on their schedule. Just like all students – sometimes you want to do weekend activities spontaneously. This program will give our international students that ability.”
The hourly rate includes gasoline, insurance and maintenance. Each car is equipped with GPS turn-by-turn navigation, an iPod adapter, Bluetooth technology, 24-hour roadside assistance and 24-hour access to an in-house member care center.
Checked regularly and serviced monthly by Hertz, the cars provide parents with the assurance that their son or daughter is driving reliable vehicle.
Program details are available at the website: www.connectbyhertz.com. While USC makes the Connect by Hertz program available to students, faculty and staff, the membership agreement for personal use of a vehicle is between Hertz and an individual user. The vehicles are not available for official university business.
Car sharing programs are becoming increasingly popular in cities and on college campuses. Connect by Hertz, a division of the Hertz Corporation, has more than 700 vehicles, 20,000 members and more than 200 locations worldwide, including nearly 40 universities.
For more information about the Connect by Hertz program at the University of South Carolina or to sign up for membership, go to www.connectbyhertz.com. Contact Rick Evans in USC’s Vehicle Management and Parking Services at 803-777-1439 with questions.
Connect by Hertz, The Hertz Corporation's (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, has more than 700 vehicles, 20,000 members and more than 200 locations worldwide, including corporate offices and universities. Connect by Hertz offers a wide selection of vehicles available for online reservations and pick up 24/7, 365 days a year all at competitive rates. All cars are equipped with Eileo® technology, and benefits covered by the hourly rate include gas, insurance, GPS turn-by-turn navigation, 24/7 roadside assistance, 24-hour Member Care Center communication, and 180 free miles per 24 hour period. For more information, go to https://www.connectbyhertz.com/select.aspx.