Zipcar would like to put a little Zip in holiday travel plans for University of Portland community members by extending $25 worth of free driving credit to all faculty and staff who open new personal Zipcar accounts during December 2013. To join, get more information, or check Zipcar locations, go to www.zipcar.com/uportland. If you are already a member, Zipcar has a holiday gift of free driving for you too. Just e-mail Josh Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to budget reprioritizations from TriMet and the University of Portland, the UP Shuttle program will be discontinued as of June 30. Summer shuttle times will be suspended as of June 30 as the University ends its formal agreement with TriMet and Zipcar. TriMet will still have the no. 44 and no. 35 buses servicing the University of Portland campus throughout the day, which will give students, faculty, and staff access to the larger TriMet transit network.
The University will start a new shuttle service program in August to maximize the high ridership times experienced with the previous shuttle service. A newly purchased University minivan will serve as the UP Shuttle. The shuttle will be used during the peak times of need for students, staff, and faculty, but will not compete with the TriMet bus service times.
- The new shuttle service starting in August will operate during the academic year at the following times:
- Friday Evenings from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the Interstate MAX station.
- Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the Interstate MAX station.
- Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Peninsula Fred Meyer and St. Johns.
- Additionally, during the months of August, September and October, the Saturday Shuttle will go to the St. John’s Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The shuttle will operate on the same time schedule as the existing shuttle, departing the Pilot House every 30 minutes when in service. New shuttle schedules will be posted prior to the start of the fall 2013 school year and will be available at public safety and the Pilot House. Contact public safety at 7161 or email@example.com for more information.
Over the next few months, the University will be making changes to the UP Zipcar program. As of April 1, 2013, no new members will be added to the University account, and any user who has not used the Zipcar 4-hours personal use program over the past eight months will be removed from the account. All University-provided memberships will be closed as of June 30.
The University continues to encourage use of alternative transportation options to reduce single occupancy vehicle travel to campus. Employees can create personal Zipcar accounts and continue to have access to both on- and off-campus Zipcars. All new members signing up for a personal account will be offered a free first year membership. Zipcar Business members who intend to continue to use Zipcar for business use will need to open a new personal account with Zipcar when their University-provided membership expires on June 30. Employees with approval to use Zipcar for business travel will be asked to attach a University P-card to their Zipcar account for billing. Zipcar use for business travel will be subject to approval by an employee’s supervisor.
Personal Zipcar accounts can be set up online at www.zipcar.com/uportland, or over the phone by calling member services at 1-866-4ZIPCAR.