STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is partnering with Zimride by Enterprise, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to launch a new transportation option – an online ride-matching service that easily connects drivers and passengers heading to the same area.
The private network – available only to Penn State students, faculty and staff – enables drivers and passengers to create a free profile using their PSU Access ID and password. Members of the university's network can search for open seats or post their ride and destination on a secure and private network. The platform's unique approach to ride-matching also allows members to link their profile to their Facebook page.
"Zimride will help Penn State students, faculty and staff across all 24 campuses find and share rides for commuting, road trips and special events," said Rob DeMayo, Director of Transportation Services at Penn State. "Ride-sharing is a great way to reduce traffic congestion and travel-related expenses, and Zimride provides a secure platform to help Penn Staters get where they're going together."
As a sustainable alternative to driving individually, Zimride helps reduce vehicle emissions, traffic congestion and fuel consumption while splitting transportation costs. It is the largest web-based ridesharing and carpooling network in North America.
Enterprise has been delivering transportation alternatives right where people live and work since 1957. Forty years later, Enterprise Rent-A-Car trademarked the term Virtual Car®, after recognizing the strength and energy of local service, regardless if it is for an hour, a day, a week or longer. This intuitive neighborhood business model now features a wide variety of programs, including car rental, car leasing, vanpooling and car sharing. In fact, Enterprise recently launched its CarShare program on the Penn State campus.
"At Enterprise, we offer our customers a total transportation solution by providing a range of sustainable options," said Enterprise Vice President Ryan Johnson, who oversees Zimride as well as other sustainable commuter options including Enterprise Rideshare and newly acquired vRide. "With Zimride, members of the Penn State community can coordinate one-time travel plans, such as holiday-break rides, as well as ongoing rides and daily commutes to campus."
For more information or to join the Penn State Zimride network, visit zimride.com/psu.
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About Zimride by Enterprise
A service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Zimride is the largest web-based ridesharing and carpooling network in North America, serving customers through a private network of more than 130 universities, corporate campuses, and organizations. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Truck Rental, Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.
About Penn State
Founded in 1855, Penn State is a world-class public research university with a broad mission of teaching, research and public service. Ranked as one of the world's top universities, Penn State serves more than 98,000 students and has a research enterprise in excess of $800 million. Through its 24 campuses, which include a medical college, two law schools, an online World Campus and a school of graduate professional studies, Penn State also generates more than $17 billion in economic impact. For more information, visit http://stats.psu.edu/
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