‘WeCar’ considered for campus

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Louis Hannegan, Managing Editor

The University of Dallas is currently considering the possibility of bringing WeCar to campus.

WeCar, a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is a car-sharing service, like ZipCar, that would allow students to check out cars on campus at an hourly or daily rate.

Though hourly rates vary by plan, the average rate in the dozens of WeCar programs at universities around the country is about $8 per hour, or $55 per day.

Students over 18 and with a valid U.S. driver’s license would be eligible to apply for a WeCar membership.

The university, which already uses Enterprise’s fleets for travel purposes, was approached by WeCar in late January about the possibility but has decided to wait for student feedback before considering the proposal further, according to Al Sterling, director of purchasing.

Student Government has been asked by John Plotts, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, to solicit student opinion about bringing WeCar to campus.

The Senate discussed the idea last Tuesday, and senators were asked to reach out to their constituent bases to gauge interest, Student Government President Renee Davis said.

“If the response is positive, there may be a survey to gather a more general response from students on and off campus,” Davis said.

Given the preliminary stage of the proposal, no details – such as the number of cars, parking locations or exact rental rates – are yet available.

“We have no specifics,” said Davis.

Rental rates would depend on the specifics of the potential agreement with WeCar. The university would determine the parking location.

The number of cars available would depend on student demand for them, Davis said, which SG is currently attempting to assess.

Please contact your SG representative to voice your opinion on the matter.

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