WeCar by Enterprise, a car-sharing service on 50 campuses nationwide, is now available for membership to those who work or study at University of Hawaii at Manoa, are at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Members can rent a Chevy Volt, Ford Focus or Jeep Compass on an hourly or daily basis, even overnight, starting at $10 an hour.
“The main purpose of WeCar is to lessen traffic congestion, alleviate parking problems, and go green,” says Daniel Gatewood, area manager at Enterprise. WeCar’s vehicles are all hybrids or electric vehicles. Students struggle to find parking on campus; WeCar provides reserved spaces for each of its rental cars.
Crysttal Atkins, UH’s transportation demand management coordinator, says that “77 percent of people here are commuters and 43 percent of faculty and staff live within three miles of campus.” WeCar helps those who can bike, walk or take the bus to campus but may need a vehicle for errands during the day.
So far, there’s been positive feedback from students, Attkins says.
“Within the first week there have already been 18 members and 16 [more applicants].The Volt has been rented five times and the Compass twice,” she notes, adding that the university is planning to expand the fleet.